BIPOLAR DISORDERS Discussion 3
BIPOLAR DISORDERS Discussion 3
The Final Project Outline:
Must be a minimum of three to four double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must include section headings in approved APA style, in order to organize your paper.
Main section headings include: Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion.
Plan to utilize these sections as first-level headings in your Final Project, formatted according to APA style, to organize your paper.
Each main heading and all subheadings should include at least a two- to three- sentence description (use complete sentences). Do not simply write the heading and a few words of description.
Must include in-text citations for all statements of facts obtained through your research.
Remember that direct quotes (identical phrases or sentences taken from a source) require in-text citations with appropriate formatting.
Statements of opinion should be clearly stated as such, and include a rationale to support why you hold this opinion (e.g., personal or professional experience, your research findings).
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least six to eight scholarly sources that were published with the last five years, including a minimum of four peer-reviewed original research studies.
In general, dictionaries and encyclopedias are not considered appropriate as resources for academic writing.
It is assumed that these references will be included in your Final Project.
Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.