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Use the following as guidelines for preparing your APA style Research paper:

· 3 pages (750) not including the title or reference page

 

         Use 12 point font (preferably New Times Roman)

 

         Entire manuscript is double-spaced, including the Title page and Reference page

 

         Use 1” margins on all sides of paper for the entire body of the manuscript.

· You can assign margins easily in the top menu bar under File>Page Setup>Margins tab

 

         Manuscript page header and page number: Each page, including the title page, must have the manuscript header and the page number in the upper right hand corner.

· The manuscript page header consists of a shortened title, usually the first 2 or at most 3 words of the title (see title page example).

· The manuscript page header is placed 5 spaces to the left of the page number

· Use numerals 1, 2, 3 and so on for the page numbers

· To set this up automatically on your document, use the Header and Footer feature found under the View menu.

· NOTE: Do not confuse the Manuscript page header with the Running head.

 

· The Title page is page one of the manuscript and has the manuscript header and page number in the upper right corner. The information on the title page is centered horizontally on each line, and centered top to bottom on the page. The title page must include the following:

· Title of paper in Upper and Lower Case (example: Radiation and the Dental Hygienist)

· Note: avoid using titles such as Chapter 3 Assignment for the title

· Course name and number (example: DES 1200 Dental Radiology)

· Student Name (do not include credentials such as RDH, etc)

· Date

· Institution name (Miami Dade College)

 

· On page two of the manuscript, repeat the title of the paper (in Upper and Lower Case) centered at the top of the page. Then double space and begin the text of your manuscript

 

         Title page and Reference pages are separate pages

 

         Indent the first line of every paragraph 5 – 7 spaces

 

         Quoting word-for-word: You must include a page number in your citation for any word-for-word quote. Example: (Davis, 2006, p. 24) If no page number is found, as with some electronic data, then you cannot give a page number in your citation

· When quoting less than 40 words, the passage being quoted is placed in quotation marks, with the proper citation.

· When quoting more than 40 words display the quote in freestanding block format. In a block quote the entire quote is indented 5-7 spaces and quotation marks are omitted.

 

· Paraphrasing: Paraphrasing means that you have summarized information from a resource, rather than quoting word-for-word. When paraphrasing, you should include the author, year, etc. in the correct citation; however page numbers are NOT used in the citation for paraphrased data.

 

         Using Numbers: The basic rule for using numbers is to use words to represent numbers below 10 (for example type four rather than 4) and use figures for numbers 10 and above (for example type 12 rather than twelve). If the number is the first word in the sentence, always use the word rather than the figure. Please see the APA manual for other rules regarding use of numbers in the manuscript.

 

· Citations: In a research paper, you must have citations throughout the manuscript to indicate where the thoughts and ideas were taken.

· Each and every citation in the manuscript must be listed on the Reference page.

o        Each and every resource listed on the Reference page must be cited somewhere in the manuscript.

· 2 authors: always cite both names

· 3-6 authors, cite all authors first time, but only 1 surname followed by et al., and year in subsequent citations

o        Please use the APA manual for specific instructions on the proper format for citations in your manuscript and format for resources listed on the Reference page.

 

· Reference Page: The Reference page is a separate page at the end of the document, is double-spaced, and contains the manuscript header and sequential page number.

· Center the title “References” at top of the page and organize the list alphabetically by author’s last name.

o        Use a hanging indent style for the list.

o        Use only the initials for the author’s first name. Ex: Davis, M.J.

o        The name of a Journal appears in uppercase and lowercase letters and is italicized. Do not abbreviate journals: for example use Journal of American Dental Association, not JADA

o        The name of the article is not italicized and only the first word is capitalized. Ex: Davis, M.J. (2004). Job satisfaction survey, Journal of Dental Hygiene, 59, 781-785.

o        The name of a book or textbook is also italicized, and only first letter of the first word of the book title and subtitles is capitalized

References

Radiology and tissue grafts. (n.d). Retrieved October 20, 2009 from

http://www.radiology.org/consumer/grafts.htm


Fiorellinii, J., Kim, D., & Ishikawa, S. (2006).

The gingiva. In M. Newman, H. Takei, P.

Klokkevold, and F. Carranza (Eds.),

Carranza’s clinical periodontology (10th ed.,

pp. 46-67). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.


Component


Criteria

Comments

Maximum Points

Points Earned

Saving document (Used Word, the correct file naming procedure of document, and followed directions for submission to the turnitin)

1= Used Word, correct file name, and followed directions for assignment and submission to turnitin.

.5 deduction for each of the following:

          Using program other than Word

          Incorrect/incomplete file name (not using last name)

          Not following directions for assignment/ submission to turnitin

 10

 

Title Page (Title of assignment, student name, date, institution, course name—in APA format)

1= Correct title page format with name, date, institution, course name, and title of assignment

0= no title page included

.5 deduction for each of the following:

          No manuscript header (short title and page number)

          Title not in Upper and Lower Case

          Title information not in 12 pt font, not double spaced, and or not centered in middle of page

          Title not repeated at top center of page 2

 10

 

Mechanics of Writing (Followed rules of written English language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Used APA format where appropriate, resources cited when references are used)

2= Excellent use of written English including sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and spelling with no errors, along with proper APA editorial format.

Deductions in increments of .25 for any of the following:

          Improper sentence structure,

          grammar,

          punctuation, and or

          spelling errors

          Use of non-professional terms

APA format errors:

Deduct 1 point for not citing within text

Deductions in increments of .5 for any of the following:

· Improper/incorrect citations,

· reference page not according to APA format

 20

 

Content
(Followed directions of assignment with relevant content and material.  Used current information, showed organization and clarity in written message)

6= Exceptional
5= Excellent
4= Good
3= Weak
2= Poor
1= Unacceptable
0= Did not follow directions, or plagiarized

Note: see detailed explanation of each of these criteria in the descriptions below the rubric

 60

 

Total Points
(Timely submission)

 100

 

Content:

6=Exceptional: This is the highest rating. Content demonstrates exceptional knowledge and in-depth understanding of relevant and important ideas directly related to the topic. Construction of content is fully developed, and includes specific and accurate examples or facts. Paper is logically and clearly organized around major concepts or principles in the field. Content is exemplary, with detail and clarity of the written word. Exceptionally followed the directions of the assignment.

5= Excellent: Content demonstrates above average knowledge and understanding of relevant and important ideas related to this topic. Construction is nearly fully developed, and includes specific and accurate examples or facts. Paper is generally logical and organized around major concepts or principles in the field. Content is excellent, with detail and clarity of the written word. Carefully followed the directions of the assignment.

4= Good: Content demonstrates adequate knowledge and understanding of relevant and important ideas directly related to this topic. Construction is adequately developed, but may lack some specific examples and or contain some inaccuracies. Paper has some logical lapses, and is somewhat organized around major concepts or principles in the field. Content is good, but lacks some detail and clarity of the written word. Some lapses in following the directions of the assignment.

3= Weak: Content demonstrates inadequate knowledge and understanding of relevant and important ideas directly related to this topic. Construction is inadequately developed, and lacks specific examples and or contains inaccuracies. Paper has logical lapses and is not organized around major concepts and principles in the field. Content is weak and lacks detail and clarity of the written word. Many lapses in following the directions of the assignment.

2= Poor: Content demonstrates poor knowledge and understanding of relevant and important ideas directly related to this topic. Construction is poorly developed, and lacks specific examples and or contains numerous inaccuracies. Paper has numerous logical lapses and in poorly organized around major concepts and principles in the field. Content is poor and lacks detail with no clarity of the written word. Major lack of following directions for assignment.

1= Unacceptable: Paper is so lacking in content, organization and construction that it is deemed unacceptable for baccalaureate level of writing.

0= Did not follow any of the directions for the assignment; paper contains intentional plagiarism

Turnitin.com point deductions: 0-5% plagiarized: 0 points deducted from final score

6-10% plagiarized 1 points deducted from final score

11-15% plagiarized 2 points deducted from final score

16-29% plagiarized 3 points deducted from final score

21-25% plagiarized 4 points deducted from final score

≥ 25% plagiarized 5 points deducted from final score