STUDENT WRITING STANDARDS
Below you will find general information on Ashford University's writing standards. You may also refer to the
Student Writing Standards PowerPoint.
PAPERS AND OTHER WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
- All papers must be prepared in Microsoft Word, not in Microsoft Works, WordPerfect, or another word processing program.
- All papers must be double-spaced, in a Times New Roman 12-point regular font, and formatted according to the APA style. (You can find more information in Chapter 7)
- All papers must have a title page formatted according to the APA style and the sample APA title page.
- Abstracts are not required for undergraduate papers unless specifically requested by your instructor. Abstracts
may be required for graduate papers.
(See syllabus instructions for each graduate course).
- All ideas that are not your own, whether quoted or paraphrased, must be documented in your paper in APA style, unless the idea is common knowledge. They must also be documented in an APA-formatted reference list at the end of the paper.
format for written assignments.
What if I don't have Microsoft Word?Ashford technology requirements indicate that files must be written in Microsoft Word. Ashford assignments can only be accepted in the form of .doc and .docx files (Microsoft Word file types). However, if you do not have
access to Microsoft Word, you may be able to use the following workaround:
There is a free word processing application (Open Office) available for download at www.openoffice.org.
Once you have downloaded Open Office and created your document, you can save it as a .doc file by following
- Click on the "File" menu button.
- Then click on the "Save As" option.
- From the "Save As Type" dropdown menu, select the "Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (.doc)" option to save the file as a .doc document.
- Click "Save."
RESEARCH REQUIREMENTSAcademic research and papers must meet certain standards of quality recognized by the academic community.
What constitutes quality academic research?
- Primary (original) sources written by experts in the field of study.
- Secondary sources supported by research in primary sources.
- Credible sources (experts in the area of study).
- Relevant research (materials pertinent to the area of study).
- In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal articles (journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant field of study) is required.
- Educational websites may be appropriate, in some cases, but should be evaluated carefully.
What sources are not acceptable for citing in academic papers?(These sources may be a good starting point to find information you want to research further, but are not
reliable enough to be cited in academic papers.)
- Wikipedia, other wikis, or blogs
- Websites and other sources that do not provide quality researched materials (do not use credible sources to support the information in the document).