Approach and Format
of Short Research Paper
The paper should be more than academic; it should be useful to readers in your office/workplace. If the mini-research is about a process in a workplace — say, your office — it would be preferable that the paper be in a form that will continue to be useful to your office. It can take practical forms that your superior will appreciate, such as a work template, process description, or a manual someone else in the office can use
Scope and Style
The paper is 10 pages or less, single-spaced. Adjust the scope and treatment of your topic to fit this page limit. Here are some suggestions on style:
Word DOC file or HTML Document
- Skip introductory company information, except those providing relevant context to your KM practicum. Then go immediately to the main purpose of your paper in the first paragraph. What issues, concerns or questions is the paper aimed at investigating?
- Describe briefly your methodology and devote most of the write-up to the findings.
- Place your citations together at the back under "References" instead of footnotes at the bottom each page.
- Minimize using technical terms; if you have to, define them quoting your source or reference. Define acronyms or abbreviations the first time you refer to it.
- Minimize use of underlines, bolds and italics within the text. Avoid the German practice of capitalizing first letter of common nouns.
Use MS Word.
Alternatively, you can submit an HTML document patterned after this page. Copy this page and use it as your template.
Paragraph Format and Type
- top : 1.25”
- bottom 1.25”
- left 1.5”
- right 1”
The first line of each paragraph is indented .5” and two spaces from the previous paragraph. Alignment should be left-justified. Use Times New Roman font, 12 points (pica). Allow two spaces between sentences.
Minimize use of images or pictures, otherwise use JPEG format and keep them below 20k.
The title is in bold letters, all caps, centered and 14 pts. Below the title is your name in full set at 12 pts. and below it is the name of your organizational affiliation. The main headings are set at bold, flush to the left and triple-spaced from the previous paragraph (this page illustrates this style). Capitalize the first letter of each word in the heading, except prepositions and conjunctions. Avoid widowed headings and widowed first or last lines of a paragraph.
Subheadings. Subheadings are set at bold, double-spaced from the previous paragraph and immediately precede the first line of the paragraph (notice this one).
Indent lists or enumerations, using bullet points or numbering and font size of 10 points. An example appears in the first paragraph of this page (see above).
Figures, Graphics and Photographs
Avoid embedded images; produce image files separately from the Word text tile, either by scanning, using a digital camera or using image software such as Adobe Photoshop or Paintshop. Use the least number of colors and pixels to convey a fair enough communication of the image you want, so that each image is about 15k or less.
Formatting of References
Follow standard formats such as “Form and Style: Theses, Reports and Term Papers” by Cambell, Ballou and Slade or “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association”.