Graduate School thesis Paper Template

 

Graduate School thesis Paper Template

This thesis template is a meant to guide you in formatting your paper according to APA (6th ed.).  The number of chapters as well as the chapter headings and sub-headings contained in a research paper will vary depending on the type of research project

Abstract

A completed abstract page includes preliminary information formatted as above, as well as a concise summary of the paper.  The abstract page is part of the research report (i.e. paper). All pages are numbered using Arabic numerals (1, 2, etc.)  The text is double spaced; margins are 1 inch as in the balance of the paper.

Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words in length.  Page 25-27 in the APA manual can be consulted for tips regarding the qualities of a good abstract.  Close attention should be paid to grammar and spelling; papers with misspellings and typographical errors will be returned as will abstracts that do not follow formatting as illustrated in this document.

Acknowledgments

Many students like to acknowledge people who have significantly contributed to their graduate education on this page and are welcome to do so.  Remember, however, that Acknowledgments are not part of the scholarly work; Acknowledgments and its page number are not listed in the Table of Contents.

Table of Contents

……………………………………………………………………………Page

Abstract………………………………………………………………2

List of Tables………………………………………………………6

List of Figures…………………………………………………….9

Chapter I:  Introduction……………………………………..10

Statement of the Problem…………………………………..10

Purpose of the Study

 List of Tables

Table 1: Stats, Stats and More Stats…………10

Table 2: Stats, Stats and More Stats. The title of this table is more than a single

line; indent the second line just like this……13

If you’ve constructed more than a couple of tables and plan to place them in the body of your paper, include a list of them in a List of Tables.  List the table number, name and page on which the table can be found (example above).  If you only have a couple of tables, do not construct a List of Tables, simply include the title of the table and its page number in the Table of Contents in the appropriate place in the pagination order.

List of Figures

Figures are graphical representations used to provide a rich visual representation of information. A figure can be a photograph, bar chart, pie chart, flow chart, line drawing, etc. A properly constructed figure should stand on its own and convey a salient point to the reader.  A properly formatted figure includes a figure number and a “caption” which also serves as a title of sorts that explains the figure.  The caption/title is brief, but gives the reader enough information to completely understand the figure.  A “legend” that explains symbols, abbreviations and terms used in the figure may also be included.  A figure number, caption/title, and legend are formatted to appear below the figure.  A title should not appear within the figure itself.  See example of correctly formatted figure below. Not all papers will have figures; consult the APA manual for more information regarding this. IMPORTANT NOTE: Previously published figures are copyright protected and cannot be used without permission of the copyright holder. Do not include them in your paper, even if adapted, without permission.

Chapter I: Introduction

Introductory information here.

Statement of the Problem

Statement of the problem should include the basic difficulty, area of concern, and/or perceived need for the study.

Purpose of the Study

Discuss the goal – emphasize practical outcomes or products.

Assumptions of the Study

Discuss any assumptions here.

Definition of Terms

Term and its definition here.  Only include terms that may not be well understood by a layperson outside of your field.  Information in this section is formatted in paragraphs just like information in any other sub-heading.  Bold all terms, but not their definitions.  The use of bold for each term is for emphasis, not to indicate the beginning of a new subheading.  Treat each definition as if you were quoting from a dictionary.  For example, indicate that it is quoted material by adding the page number and putting it into quotation marks if less than 40 words.

Term here. Type its definition, here.  Format each new term just as you would any new paragraph.

Next term. Definition ……..

Limitations of the Study

Discuss the study’s limitations here.

Methodology

Briefly outline the remainder of the paper.

Chapter II: Literature Review

No sub-headings are indicated for this chapter because they will vary considerably from research paper to research paper.  The format of headings and sub-headings depends upon the way you have organized your thoughts via the use of heading levels in your paper.  Place headings in their appropriate spot on the page and use boldface formatting as indicated.  For more information about headings, see the APA manual beginning on page 62.  See Appendix B for information about writing an effective literature review.

Chapter III: Methodology

Begin with an introduction. Some suggestions include reiterating the statement of the problem and briefly discussing what this chapter will include.  Sections to be addressed might include subject selection and description, instrumentation, data collection procedures, data analysis, and limitations.

Subject Selection and Description

Discuss the sample and population.

Instrumentation

Talk about the survey used, if applicable. Was it created for this purpose or did you find it somewhere?

Data Collection Procedures

A 57 question survey was administered….

Data analysis.  How was the data analyzed?  Example: A number of statistical analyses were used in this study.  The Statistical Program for Social Sciences version 10.0 (SPSS, 2002) was used to analyze the data.  Independent T-Test analyses were conducted…

Limitations

Discuss methodological limitations or procedural weaknesses.

Summary

This is optional, but make sure it is in the table of contents if you use it.

Chapter IV: Results

Start with another introduction, you might briefly reiterate the purpose of the study and how it was conducted, e.g. a survey was given…. Your sub-headings for this chapter also will vary considerably: some people use each question as a sub-heading and some don’t.  If you do use each question as a sub-heading, write out the question rather than just “Question 1.”  The purpose is to provide the reader with at- a-glance information about the nature and scope of your paper.

Item Analysis

Use tables when appropriate, but don’t overuse them or discuss the whole table in text. Discuss the high points in text, providing the table for further details.  All tables should conform to the APA style manual (see pages 125-150). See pages 6 and 7 of this document for more information about tables as well as an example.  Tables are different than figures, name and refer to them appropriately. Information about figures can be found beginning on page 150 of the APA manual.

There is no hard rule as to whether a summary at the end of this chapter should be provided since chapter 5 is often a summary.  Discuss this with your advisor.

Chapter V: Discussion

Again, start with an introduction. Summarize what has happened in your paper so far. This chapter will also vary considerably in headings and organization; what follows is a suggestion or possibility.

Limitations

State them again.

Conclusions

Hit the high points of your findings. There should be a relationship to the literature review: did your study correlate with previous research or did you find something different?

Recommendations

Recommend some further research or a change in practices.

References

Make sure that everything you cite in text is also in the reference list and vice versa. The

APA Manual describes the correct format for each type of reference. Be especially careful about how you reference and format on-line sources.

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