You will often be asked to write research papers throughout school. These papers are academic and require you to gain knowledge on a topic or subject. You will then formulate a point of view on the topic which you can argue and support through your research with sources, statistics, data, and examples. Most often, you will have to format your paper for the MLA standards. However, some papers which are more scientific and data heavy require an APA formatting. Both styles have some similarities when it comes to the actual typing of the paper. These similarities include 1-inch margins on all sides, page numbers, double-spacing, and 12-point font.