Transportation Technology Report

Transportation Technology Report

preparing a research paper


Open the file NP_WD16_2a_FirstLastName_1.docx, available for download from the SAM website.

Save the file as NP_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 NP_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 Emerging Technology class, you are part of a group writing a research paper on new transportation technologies. Your paper is about self-driving cars and must follow the MLA format. Change the Citation & Bibliography Style of the document to MLA.

Apply the Capitalize Each Word case to the title paragraph “Future transportation technology: self-driving cars”.

Insert a header to meet MLA standards as follows:

a. From the Top of Page page number gallery, insert a Plain Number 3 page number to the header of all pages in the document.

b. Without moving your insertion point, type Cooper and then press the Spacebar.

c. Close the Header & Footer Tools.

Find the word “machine” and replace all instances with the word computer. (Hint: Do not include the period. You should find and replace four instances.)

Create a First Line Indent of 0.5″ to indent the first lines of all the body paragraphs beginning “In California and Nevada…” and ending “…vehicle owners enjoy the benefits.”

Move the second body paragraph beginning “A self-driving car…” so that it becomes the new first body paragraph.

Find the paragraph beginning “Three technologies are required….” Move the insertion point before the colon and insert a citation from a new source using the information shown in Table 1 on the next page.

Table 1: Periodical Source



Type of Source Article in a Periodical
Author Pullen, John Patrick
Title Driverless Cars
Periodical Title Time Magazine
Year 2015
Month February
Day 24
Pages 35-39
Medium Print



Edit the new Pullen citation to add 37 as the page number.

Create a numbered list from the paragraphs beginning with “Global positioning system (GPS) – A high-definition GPS…” and ending with “…from the other two systems.”

In the paragraph beginning “The third major advantage…”, read the comment from Abby Markham and then reply to it with the text:

Thanks, this looks great.

In the same paragraph, move the insertion point before the period in the sentence “The idea behind platooning…according to an article in Science News.” Insert a citation that creates a new source with the information shown in Table 2 below.


Table 2: Journal Source



Type of Source Journal Article
Author Wu, Karen
Title Look Ma, No Hands!
Journal Name Science News
Year 1997
Pages 162-175
Medium Print




In the paragraph beginning “The substantial benefits…”, respond to the comment as follows:

d. Read the comment and then delete it.

e. Change the text “$50,000” to $100,000 in the middle of the paragraph.

Move the insertion point before the period in the sentence you modified in the previous step (“The cost of the new technology…for most car owners.”), and then insert a citation to the existing Fagnant, Daniel and Kockelman, Kara source.

Edit the new Fagnant citation to add 9 as the page number.

Move the insertion point to the end of the document, and then insert a bibliography as follows:

f. Insert a page break.

g. Insert a Works Cited from the Bibliography gallery.

You notice an error in the Fagnant source. Edit the Fagnant source so that the Name of Web Page reads “Preparing for a Nation of Autonomous Vehicles”.

Update the Works Cited list to reflect the edit you made to the source.

Format the “Works Cited” heading as follows:

h. Apply the Normal style to the heading.

i. Center the heading.

Select the entire document and format it as follows:

j. Change the font size to 12 pt.

k. Change the line spacing to double.

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the document, and then insert a comment with the following text:

Please review the format of the document.

Check the Spelling & Grammar in the document to identify and correct any spelling errors. (Hint: Ignore proper 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.

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