Creating a short research paper

Creating a short research paper


Open the file SC_WD16_2a_FirstLastName_1.docx, available for download from the SAM website.

Save the file as SC_WD16_2a_FirstLastName_2.docx by changing the “1” to a “2”.

0. If you do not see the .docx file extension in the Save As dialog box, do not type it. The program will add the file extension for you automatically.

With the file SC_WD16_2a_FirstLastName_2.docx still open, ensure that your first and last name is displayed in the footer.

· If the footer does not display your name, delete the file and download a new copy from the SAM website.



For your Written Communication class, you are writing a short research paper. To conform to MLA guidelines, modify the document’s Normal style by changing the font to Times New Roman, the font size to 12 pt., and the line spacing to double with no blank space after paragraphs.

Apply the modified Normal style to the first four paragraphs in the document, from “Crystal Mathison” to “15 October 2018”.

Center the title paragraph “A Solution to Food Deserts: Micro Farms”.

Insert a header as follows:

a. Insert a blank header at the top of the page.

b. Right-align the header paragraph.

c. Type Mathison as the header text, insert a space, and then insert a Plain Number page number from the Current Position gallery.

d. Close Header & Footer Tools.

Create a First Line indent of 0.5″ for the body paragraphs beginning with “In the United States…” and ending with “…avenues for profitable enterprises.”

Change the Citations & Bibliography Style of the document to MLA.


In the sentence “In the United States…fresh fruits and vegetables.”, move the insertion point before the period and insert a citation to a new source using the information shown in Figure 1 below. (Hint: The Tag name is intentionally blurred because it is generated automatically.)


Figure 1: Web Site Source



Insert a citation to the existing Johnson source before the period in the third sentence, “Most food deserts are in cities such as…Oklahoma City.”

In the fourth sentence of the first body paragraph, “However, living in…fresh food options.”, use the Thesaurus to replace the word “assure” with a more common synonym that starts with the letter “g”.

In the second paragraph, find the sentence “The aim is…growth.” Move the insertion point before the period and insert a citation to a new source using the information shown in Figure 2 on the next page. (Hint: The Tag name is intentionally blurred because it is generated automatically.)


Figure 2: Article in a Periodical Source


To provide additional information at the end of the second paragraph, move the insertion point immediately after the period in the sentence “…fruit trees and bushes.” and insert a footnote with the following text:

Such practices are called companion planting.

Modify the Footnote Text style by changing its font size to 12 pt., the line spacing to double, and the indentation to a 0.5” First line indent.

In the main body of the document, find all instances of the text “abandoned” and replace it with vacant. (Hint: You should find and replace two instances.)

Cut the paragraph “Micro farms include private gardens…goods for sale and profit.” and then paste it so it becomes the third body paragraph in the document.

In the fifth body paragraph (“In rural locations…and two employees”), edit the Fortier citation to add the page number 25.

Modify the “Works Cited” paragraph as follows:

e. With the insertion point immediately before the “Works Cited” paragraph, insert a manual page break.

f. Center the “Works Cited” paragraph on the new page 3.

With the insertion point in the left-aligned blank paragraph at the end of the document, use the Insert Bibliography command to insert a list of sources without a built-in heading.

After reviewing the bibliography, you notice the year is missing from the Harris source. Find the Harris source and edit it, entering 2017 as the Year.

Update the bibliography field so the Works Cited list reflects the edit you made to the Harris source.

Check the Spelling & Grammar in the document to identify and correct any spelling errors. (Hint: Ignore names. You should find and correct at least one spelling error.)

Your document should look like the Final Figure on the following pages. Save your changes, close the document, and then exit Word. Follow the directions on the SAM website to submit your completed project.


Final Figure



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