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This is the abstract. Having an abstract is mandatory for dissertations and final course projects. An abstract may be required based upon assignment requirements or instructor stipulation; however, usually student papers do not require an abstract. Please check with your instructor. Unlike the rest of the paper, it is not indented. The abstract should be an interesting, short, accurate representation of what your paper says in 150 – 250 words. Because conciseness is so important in the abstract, use digits for all numbers except at the beginning of sentences. Try to restructure sentences so they do not begin with a number. Also, use abbreviations more liberally than you would in the body of the paper (less common abbreviations need to be explained, just as you would in the body of the paper). See the APA Manual for the content required in an abstract.
The Title Goes Here and Should be Centered with Primary Words Capitalized The title of the paper (in uppercase and lowercase letters) is centered on the first line below the manuscript page header. The title should be identical to the title in the center of the title page. Times New Roman, size 12 font is Argosy’s approved font style. The title should not be in bold font. Double-space throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, and references. Two spaces are used after terminal punctuation—a period, exclamation point, question mark. The introductory section, which is not labeled, begins on the line following the paper’s title. In the first paragraph, do not use words such as “The research project will cover . . .” or “This paper will discuss . . .” because these are instances of anthropomorphism where we give inanimate objects human behaviors. Instead, the introduction or opening of the paper should be worded to engage the reader by capturing his or her attention, provide background on your topic, develop interest in your topic, and guide the reader to the thesis. A thesis statement in an essay or formal paper is a sentence that explicitly identifies the purpose of the paper or previews its main ideas. The body of the paper begins on a new page (page 3, if there is an abstract). Subsections of the body of the paper do not begin on a new page.
Top Level Section (Level 1 Heading) Headings are used to organize the document and reflect the relative importance of sections. If you have at least one Level 1 Heading, then you need to have more than one. This holds for all heading levels you use. All level one headers within the body of the text are in bold, however, headers on stand alone pages and the title on page one of the body of the text; i.e. The Title page, Abstract, the reference page, and all following pages are not in bold. The meat of your paper follows the introductory section. Here is where you start to discuss your topic in detail. Typically, you begin your discussion with your main theme or thesis and then discuss supporting evidence, arguments, or details that substantiate your point or fulfill the purpose of the paper. The discussion section can be broken down into subsections and organized in a logical, well-organized manner, providing appropriate details
Text Citations (Level 2 Heading) All facts that are not common knowledge must be documented in the body of the paper by citing the author(s) and date(s) of the sources. Common knowledge is often defined as information known by the typical person walking downtown. Citations serve the purpose of giving proper credit to the ideas and words of others and to substantiate facts you provide. The reader can obtain the full source citation from the list of references that follows the body of the paper. When the names of the authors of a source are part of the formal structure of the…