The paper must be double-spaced and at least 7 pages in length. Strayer University uses the APA (American Psychological Association) Writing Style in all its courses which require a paper or essay. The paper must include the following components according to the American Psychological Association (APA) format: (1) a cover page; (2) an abstract that provides a foundation of what the paper is about in one paragraph; (3) an introduction that includes the research statement/hypothesis and general overview; (4) body of the paper; (5) conclusion that summarizes what was stated in the paper without adding new information; and, (6) reference page. The paper must flow from one paragraph to the next with appropriate transitions. References must be cited in the text of the body to indicate where information was derived from (this includes sections of the paper that are summaries of a source). Please review the paper for grammatical and punctuation errors.
The research paper for the selected topic is to be no less than 7 pages double-spaced not including the title page and reference page. The paper must be in the American Psychological Association (APA) citation styles and consistently follow its usage through the paper. Reference listing should have the first line against the left margin and the second line indented five spaces. APA format of sources are to be used in the body of the paper and on the reference page. See Suggested Supplement (optional): Perrin, Robert (2007). Pocket Guide to APA Style, Second Edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. This will assist students with the research paper requirements. The APA guide may also be found at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl. Students will be required to use the www.Turnitin.com.
Use 12-point Times Roman. Use one-inch margins at the top, bottom, left and right sides. Do not justify margins. Indent all paragraphs five spaces. Ensure all paragraphs have at least three sentences with complete thoughts. Do not end a paragraph with less than two sentences. Include page numbers using a right sided header.
A title page is required to include the title of your paper, your name, the name of the course, the quarter session and year, and the name of the professor. A table of contents is not required. A reference page is required. Each main section should have a heading that is centered. Subheadings should be in flush against the left margin. The paper must flow together and excessive white space should be avoided. Place all sections of the paper together with the exception of the title, abstract, and reference page which should be separate. That is to say the introduction and conclusion must appear on the same pages as the other body text and not be placed on separate pages.
References should be on a separate page and includes all references mentioned in the content of the paper, and all references relied on to compose your paper. At least 4 sources must be used. Do not use Wikipedia, encyclopedias, dictionaries, or the course text. You are also restricted from using more than two internet sources in your paper. All references must be appropriately cited throughout the body of the paper.
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