The Purdue OWL: Research and Citation
You may present your research paper formatted in a number of ways. The usual formats used for academic essays and research synthesis essays are the (American Psychological Association) format, the (Modern Language Association), and format. Each of these conventions for research paper structure have their own guidelines on how to cite a research paper. Very often, the Harvard style of citation may be used for articles which make use of several separate pages of a resource book.
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There are formatting guides available on the internet, but since citation formats change from time to time, you will have to refer to the date of publication of that internet guide on how to cite a research paper to make sure your formatting for any is current.