A Guide to Writing Term Papers

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Student Guide for Term Papers Based on APA 5 th Edition Includes Internet Documentation Formats Current as of January 2003

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Extended Campus

Dr. James T. Schultz Program Chair, Bachelor of Science in Technical Management Dr. Stephen B. O’Brien Program Chair, Master of Aeronautical Science

Student Guide for Research Papers The following guide is intended to assist students enrolled in the Extended Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The authors wish to thank Mari Schroering and Ed Landgren for their assistance in compiling and publishing this guide. No changes can be made to this document without the express permission of the authors.

Place page header [short title] 5 blank spaces left of the page number, one half inch from the top.

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A Guide to Writing a Term Paper Lessly H. Robison Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Abstract This paper describes the format for term papers for EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) classes. The format for the cover page, abstract, body of the report, figures, and tables is presented both by example and explanation. The correct format for citing other authors' work and a reference list is also presented. The guidelines presented are primarily from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 5th edition, 2001. The abstract is a concise explanation of what the term paper was about, the results, and the conclusions. It should not exceed 120 words. When considering what to place in the abstract, consider that many people will read the abstract to decide if they want to read the paper in its entirety. The abstract is only one paragraph and the first line is not indented. Use standard one-inch margins.

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A Guide to Writing a Term Paper This paper presents guidelines for writing a term paper

for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Extended Campus, Fort Walton Beach, Hurlburt Field, and Pensacola Centers. The format for the cover page, abstract, body of the report, figures, and tables is presented both by example and explanation. The correct format for citing other authors' work is also presented. The guidelines presented are from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 5th edition, 2001, however; the APA manual should be consulted and followed One inch

when questions arise. Since there are differences between the current and previous editions of the APA manual, individuals are cautioned not to combine the formats when writing papers. For formatting or style problems not addressed in this guide, please refer to the APA style manual.

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The first paragraph or first few paragraphs of the term paper should be an introduction to the paper. The placement of the introductory material clearly identifies it as an introduction and therefore a heading is not used. The introduction heading is used, however, in the graduate research project.

A Guide The Title Page The title page is page one and has the short title, the page number, the running head, the title, the author, and the institution to which the paper is being presented. See page one of this guide for an example. One inch

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Short Title The short title is used to identify the pages of the paper should the paper be accidentally separated while being reviewed or graded. The short title is usually the first two or three words in the title. It is typed in the upper righthand corner one-half inch below the top of the paper five blank spaces to the left of the page number. The first letter of each word of the short title is capitalized except for articles (words such as a, and, the, and to) which are capitalized only if they are the first word of the title. The short title appears on all pages of the paper....
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