Your paper should contain a cover page with your name and the title. Your name and the title should not appear on the first page of the paper. Secondly, the last page of the paper should be a correctly-formatted References list in APA style. Thirdly, the cover and references page are in addition to the four-page minimum length of the body of your paper.
Please put the cover page, the body of your paper, and the references list in the correct order in the document for submission in only one file, rather than as three individual submissions. When typing your paper in your word processor, you may double-space the typing. Please use only scholarly fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Garamond, in black and avoid colors and the fussier or stylized types of fonts.
Font size should be a 10 or 12 only without bolding or italics.
– the paper is not about personal opinion or personal experience. Do not argue for your personal point-of-view.
– the paper is written in the third person (see green section, below), is objective, and is based upon material gathered from your sources.
Writing in the Third Person
Firstly, the difference between first person, second person and third person is the same as if the speaker or writer says, I, you, or him. This is sometimes referred to as a grammatical person or point of view. In most cases of academic and formal writing, avoid writing in the first or second person. Secondly, if a person is speaking or writing in the first person, he or she is talking about himself or herself. The first person would be acceptable in academic writing if a writer were being asked to provide a personal opinion.
Wisegeek. (2003-2012). What is the difference between first person second person and third person? Retrieved 2/8/12 from the WWW http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-first-person-second-person-and-third-person.htm .
– the paper must be correctly cited in APA style and utilize at least 3 credible scholarly sources, including the course textbook.
– one of your sources MAY come from a general Internet search, but the source must be a credible scholarly source and you may NOT use Wikipedia. Web sites such as YouTube may only be used as a source if the author is a credible, scholarly source.
– the remainder of your sources MUST come from scholarly publications, newspaper articles, etc.
– you must cite the material within the body of your paper, using The American Psychological Association (APA) format (see below for APA style resources).