Be sure to follow these instructions precisely. Read the scoring guide for further clarity on expectations for your submission.
Please use the following Level 1 headings for your paper (See page 62 in your APA manual for a table that contains levels of headings.)
- Introduction â€“ Give an overview of the content of your paper. This should be no more than two paragraphs
- Course Topic â€“ Describe a current issue, problem, innovation, change, or trend; include a description of the most important aspects, including history and background information.
- Topic Relation to Specialization â€“ Describe how the topic relates to your specialization.
- Reasons for Selection of Topic â€“ What motivated you to choose this topic? (Remember, you must write in scholarly voice so avoid first-person pronouns such as I, my, me, our, we. For example, instead of writing “This topic is important to me because of x, y, and z,” consider “This topic is important because of x.”)
- Interest in Topic â€“ Describe your reasons for being interested in this topic. Again, remember to write in academic voice.
- Timeliness and Importance of Topic â€“ Explain why this topic is timely and important.
- Conclusion â€“ Concluding remarks should include a summary of the topics in the paper.
- References â€“ Your paper should cite at least 3 current (under 7 years old), peer-reviewed articles.
Your paper should meet the following requirements:
- Sources: At least 5 from peer-reviewed journals.
- Double-space and use 12-point, Times New Roman font.
- Include a title page with the following title: Topic Selection: [Chosen Topic]. Model your title page after the Writing Center’s example (see APA Guide: The Title Page, in the Resources).
- Follow current APA style and formatting for in-text citations.
- Set proper margin justifications: Left aligned text, 1-inch margins top, bottom, left, and right.
- Paginate your paper properly (in the header at the right page margin).
- Incorporate appropriate headings and subheadings.
- Note the APA manual (2010) instruction for the running head: Per section 8.03, “Use the automatic functions of your word-processing program to generate headers and page numbers for your file. (Do not type these manuscript page headers repeatedly in your word processing file)” (p. 230). “The running head is an abbreviated title that is printed at the top of the pages â€¦ should be a maximum of 50 characters, counting letters, punctuation, and spaces between words. It should appear flush left in all uppercase letters at the top of the title page and all subsequent pages” (p. 229).
- On the references page, include a minimum of five different scholarly, peer-reviewed journals (related to your field of specialization) that are also cited in the paper. Your citations must have references and your references should be included within your paper as in-text citations.