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Chapter 20. In the End Zone > Frontmatter - Pg. 234

In the End Zone 234 · Foreword.In most cases, the foreword is written by an expert in the field and serves as an endorsement of the contents. Check out the foreword in this book. · Preface.The writer's acknowledgment and thank-you page. Write Angles Keyboard your table of contents last so you will know the page numbers. · Abstract.A one-paragraph summary of the contents of your paper, most often required in tech- nical or scholarly papers. Keyboarding Use standard 10- or 12-point fonts such as Times Roman, Courier, or Helvetica. Avoid fancy, elab- orate fonts, since they're a pain in the neck to read. Also avoid stylistic elements that might distract readers, such as excessive highlighting, boldfacing, or boxes. Double-space the text and unless specifically requested to do so, don't right-justify (align) your paper. The right margins should be ragged. The Final Shine: Proofreading It goes without saying (but I'm saying it anyway) that you'll very carefully proofread your final docu- ment. Of course, you've already revised and edited the paper at each stage. I knew I could trust you. The Least You Need to Know · Integrate source material by mentioning the writer's name and using cue words. · Use parenthetical documentation, footnotes, or endnotes to give credit to your sources. · Each discipline favors a specific documentation style. Use the method of documentation expected in your field. · Avoid plagiarism by documenting quotations, opinions, and paraphrases. · Prepare a Works Cited page or a Bibliography, depending on the requirements in your discipline. Follow the specific format. · Always proofread your research papers carefully.