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Requirements for Writing Assignments. Follow APA, 6 th edition. Use 1’’ margins. Some pages may not have one inch margin at bottom of page if you use widow/orphan control. Use 12 pt. font / Times New Roman. For confidentiality, avoid using real names of people and places.

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Requirements for writing assignments

Requirementsfor Writing Assignments

  • Follow APA, 6th edition.

  • Use 1’’ margins.

    • Some pages may not have one inch margin at bottom of page if you use widow/orphan control.

  • Use 12 pt. font / Times New Roman.

  • For confidentiality, avoid using real names of people and places.


Title page required

Title Page: Required

  • Title page is the first page of your document.

  • Title page is included in the same electronic file as document.

  • The title for your paper is the assignment name & your name.

  • Do not bold, place in quotation marks, underline, italicize, place in all caps, or use a period at the end of your title.


Title page required1

Title Page: Required

  • Include a header with your name & the assignment name.

  • Double-space the title page.

  • Beneath the title of the paper, type:

    • Your name

    • Semester & year (Fall 2013)

    • ECSE 3210 & section letter (ECSE 3210 A)

    • Dr. Tonja Root, Instructor

    • Valdosta State University


Page 1 of the paper

Page 1 of the Paper

  • Include the title (centered at the top) on first page of text.

  • Title is the assignment name & your name.

    • In the title, capitalize the first word & all major words of title.

  • Double-space title, if needed.

  • Double-space ALL text in the paper (even between paragraphs).

  • Left-justify all text. (flush left)


Body of the paper

Body of the Paper

  • In formal academic writing:

    • Avoid writing like you talk.

    • Double-space ALL text (even between paragraphs).


Body of paper

Body of Paper

  • Avoid unnecessary commas.

    • Do not use commas following conjunctions (and, but, etc.) that link dependent clauses (cannot stand alone as a complete sentence).

    • Include a comma to separate two independent clauses joined by a conjunction.

  • Use a comma between all elements in a series of three or more items (even before the “and”).


Requirements for writing assignments

For additional information…

  • In regard to grammar, punctuation, and capitalization rules, access the following websites:

  • Grammarbook.comhttp://www.grammarbook.com/

  • OWL at Purdue General Writing Resourceshttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/

  • In regard to APA, access the following website:

  • OWL at Purdue APA Formatting and Style Guide

  • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/


Body of paper1

Body of Paper

  • Do not use the word “you” as an indefinite pronoun

    • Avoid using the word “you” to mean anyone – to refer to people in general use the word “people” or the word “one”

  • APA: Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks; place other punctuation marks inside quotation marks only when part of quoted material


Body of paper2

Body of Paper

  • Avoid beginning sentences with “and” or “but”

  • Avoid the use of slashes between words (to stand for the word and oror)

  • Avoid using contractions

  • Avoid using acronyms (the first time)

  • Avoid beginning consecutive paragraphs with the same word

  • Avoid beginning consecutive sentences with the same word


Body of paper3

Body of Paper

  • A pronoun must agree with its antecedent Correct example: A teacher works hard when he or she has to write daily lesson plans. (he or she is the pronoun which is singular; the word teacher, the pronoun’s antecedent, is also singular)Incorrect example: A teacher works hard when they have to write daily lesson plans. (the pronoun they is plural but its antecedent, the word teacher, is singular)


Body of paper4

Body of Paper

  • Avoid the overuse of the word “that”

  • Avoid using “In my opinion…,” “in order to…,” “I believe,” and “I think”

  • Avoid vague words - use definite, specific, concrete language (Example: Instead of using the words “in spite of the fact” use the word “though” or although”)

  • Paragraphs should be between 3-7 sentences (a 5 sentence paragraph is best)


Requirements for writing assignments

  • Use spell check (but will not check correct word usage – for example principal/principle and to/too/two)

  • Allow enough time to proofread your work and have someone you trust proofread your work so you can make corrections (with a word processor) BEFORE you turn in the assignment


Requirements for writing assignments

  • Visit the Student Success Center in Langdale Hall for help and tutoring


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