Title of the Capstone
Program Name or Degree Name (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Psychology), Walden University
COURSE XXX: Title of Course
Month XX, 202X
Title of the Capstone
Do not add any extra spaces between your heading and your text (check Spacing under Format, Paragraph in your word processor, and make sure that it’s set to 0”); just use a standard double space, and indent the first line of each paragraph a full ½ inch (preferably using the tab button). Your introduction should receive no specific heading because it is assumed that your first section is your introduction section.
After considering these formatting issues, you will need to construct a thesis statement, which lets readers know the argument you will be supporting and developing in your paper. This statement provides readers with a lens for understanding the evidence you will present in the body of your essay (each paragraph and thus evidence within those paragraphs you include should support and apply to this thesis statement).
Once you have established your thesis, begin constructing the introduction. Introductions are usually organized from broad to narrow, with the broadest, general information around your topic going first, then narrowing to provide more specific details until you end with your thesis statement. An easy template for writing an introduction follows:
1. Start with what’s been said/done regarding your topic of interest.
2. Explain the problem with what’s been said or done.
3. Offer your solution, your thesis statement (one that can be supported by the evidence).
Level 1 Heading
This text will be the beginning of the body of the essay. Even though this section has a new heading, make sure to connect this section to the previous one so readers follow your ideas and evidence. The first sentence in each paragraph should start with a topic sentence, which summarizes the main point in the current paragraph. Make sure each paragraph contains only one topic, which helps establish a clear scope for your paragraph. When you see yourself drifting to another idea, make sure you break into a new paragraph. You can use the MEAL plan as a way to conceptualize and organize your paragraphs. In short, think about our paragraphs in this way: new idea, new paragraph.
Level 2 Heading
The Level 2 heading designates a subsection of the previous section. Using headings is a great way to organize a paper and increase its readability, so see section 2.27 of APA 7 and the Writing Center’s Heading Levels webpage for details on heading formatting (APA 7 also has a chart detailing heading formatting in the inside front cover). For shorter papers, using one or two levels is all that is needed. You would use Level 1 (centered, bold font with title case) and Level 2 (left aligned, bold, title case).
Level 3 Heading
The number of headings you need in a particular paper is not set, but for longer papers, you may need another heading level. You would then use Level 3 (left-aligned, bold, italicized, title case).
One crucial area in APA is learning how to cite. Make sure to cite source information throughout your paper to avoid plagiarism. This practice is critical: you need to give credit to your sources and avoid copying others’ work. Look at Chapter 8 of APA 7 and the Writing Center’s Plagiarism Prevention Resource Kit for guidelines on citing source information in your writing.
Level 1 Heading
The conclusion section should recap the major points of your paper. A conclusion can be one paragraph, but it can also be a few paragraphs, depending on the length of your paper. However, perhaps more importantly, the conclusion should also interpret what you have written and what it means in the bigger picture. To help write your conclusion, consider asking yourself these questions: What do you want to happen with the information you have provided? What do you want to change? What is your ultimate goal in using this information? What would it mean if the reader of your paper took and used the suggestions in your paper?
(Note that the following references are intended as examples only. These entries illustrate different types of references but are not cited in the body of this template. In your paper, be sure every reference entry matches a citation, and every citation refers to an item in the reference list.
For additional information, examples, and help with reference entries, see Chapter 9 of APA 7 and the Writing Center’s References section of the website, particularly the Common Reference List Examples page.)
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