Writing Standards Communicating professionally and ethically is one of the most important skillsets we can teach you at Strayer. This guide gives you a starting point for ensuring; Your writing looks and sounds professional You give credit to others in your work Writing Assignments Title Page Start your paper with a title page and include the assignment title, your name, the course title, your professor’s name, and date. For all other writing assignments, see assignment guidelines. Body Include page numbers.
For your paper, use double spacing. For all other writing assignments, see assignment spacing guidelines. Use Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, or Calibri font style. Use 10-12 point font size for the body of your text. For tables/charts/graphs/image, see assignment guidelines. Clear and Ethical Writing Writing should be in active voice when possible, use appropriate language, and be concise. Use the point of view (first, second, or third person) required by the assignment guidelines.
Use spelling and grammar check tools to help ensure your work is error-free. Include in-text citations and a reference page when the assignment requires research. If a source is cited within the paper, then it needs to be listed on the reference page. If a source is listed on the reference page, then it needs to be cited within the paper. Reference Page Include a reference page only when the assignment requires research.
Type Reference Page centered on the first line of the page. Organize references in a numbered list and in order of use throughout the paper. If a source is cited more than once, use the original number. In-Text Citations When quoting or paraphrasing another source in your writing, you need to give credit by using an in-text citation. An in-text citation includes the author’s last name and the number of the reference from the reference page list. Remember, only writing assignments that include research require in-text citations.
Incorporate in-text citations into sentences by using signal phrases (a group of words or phrase that tells the reader someone else’s thoughts or ideas follow) and/or parentheticals (source information contained in parenthesis). A well-written paragraph focuses on one idea and normally includes 1-2 in-text citations.
Try to use a mix of signal phrases and parentheticals to avoid sounding dull and to make sure your paper is well balanced. Option #1: Quoting – citing another person’s work word for word Do not quote more than one sentence (approximately 25 words) at a time. Place quotation marks at the beginning and the end of the quoted information. Do not start a sentence with a quotation. SIGNAL PHRASE EXAMPLES: As Smith wrote in his book, “Writing at a college level requires informed research” (1). Smith (1) explained in his book, “Writing at a college level requires informed research.”