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This week you will submit your final capstone project using the Capstone template provided. The capstone study is a formal document and must follow traditional conventions accepted in formal writing including:
Do not use personal pronouns, such as I, us, you, etc.
Do not use contractions such as don’t, shouldn’t, didn’t, etc.
Use abbreviations sparingly. Commonly accepted abbreviations are Mr., Mrs., etc. You may also abbreviate discipline-specific titles such as “The Global War on Terror” (GWOT). The proper convention is to spell out the title completely on first use followed by the appropriate abbreviation in parentheses. You may use the abbreviation alone and sans parentheses thereafter.
Avoid clichés and colloquialisms, such as: crystal-clear, out-of-the-box, etc.
Write in the active voice.
Spelling Errors and Proofreading
Remember that while Microsoft Word and most other major word-processing programs contain a spell-checking function and a function which identifies, and can correct, some grammatical errors, they do not identify all such errors. If a word is incorrect within a sentence but is spelled correctly, it will not be identified as a problem. For example, consider the words, “not and knot.” You must proofread your work manually as well as electronically in order to ensure a quality product.
Your paper must be at a minimum of 15-20 pages (the Title and Reference pages do not count towards the minimum limit).
Scholarly and credible references should be used. A good rule of thumb is at least 2 scholarly sources per page of content.
Type in Times New Roman, 12 point and double space.
Students will follow the current APA Style as the sole citation and reference style used in written work submitted as part of coursework.
Points will be deducted for the use of Wikipedia or encyclopedic type sources. It is highly advised to utilize books, peer-reviewed journals, articles, archived documents, etc.
All submissions will be graded using the assignment rubric.