Your APA Capstone Document Formatting Support Resource
"Receiving a doctoral degree means you have demonstrated your ability to do independent, original scholarly work at the doctoral level. At Walden, this means completing a doctoral capstone document—dissertation, doctoral study, project study, or doctoral project—to be published in the ProQuest database." -Walden Writing Center
The capstone template contains a table of contents. To learn more about the capstone templates, visit the Writing Center: Capstone Document Templates.
Also, to learn more about correcting common bookmark errors in the template Table of Contents view this resource from the APA Formatting for MS Word tutors.
As a Capstone student, you will need to know how to change page numbers in one section without affecting the pagination in other, separate sections.
Dot leaders are used between tab stops in tables of contents to help make this portion of your paper easier for the reader to follow. Essentially, dot leaders are the ellipses placed between the title of a section and the page number where the section begins. When auto-generating a table of contents, MS Word will insert these for you.
Page breaks and section breaks are used to separate sections of a paper automatically. You can then adjust the content of a paper without ruining the formatting of the sections.
APA asks that writers use hanging indents in reference list entries to make this information easier to read.
APA formatting requires students to use page numbers and headers in their papers, including what is called running heads.
A Running Head is a short title that is printed in uppercase letters at the top of the page in a document. As indicated by Walden’s Chief Academic Officer in April 2016, a running head is not required for Walden papers. Page numbers in the upper right corner are the only material needed in the header.
APA asks that writers indent each paragraph .5 inches. Writers should let Word adjust this formatting automatically.
Use indent buttons or the ruler to adjust paragraph formatting from the left or right side
Part of correctly formatting a paper is ensuring that writers use proper margins throughout the paper.
Learn how to use the spell check feature in MS Word to find and correct spelling errors in your document.
In APA, the entire paper (including the reference page) is double spaced. Automatically letting Word apply this formatting allows writers to format papers easily without having to readjust the spacing.
To publish your manuscript, you must insert page numbers correctly on all pages. Sometimes, a table is too wide to fit on one page formatted in the portrait orientation typical in doctoral manuscripts, but it could fit on one page formatted in landscape orientation. Changing the orientation of your paper might affect your page numbers, so you need to use a different method to format your page numbers.
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Fixing Formatting Errors
Items below represent the most frequent errors seen by the Office of Student Research and Administration when ProQuest returns a document to a student for correction.
Note: These errors are related to formatting in the document. Please ensure that the pilcrow ¶ (found in the paragraph area on the Home tab) is turned on so that all formatting in the document is visible, which will simplify correcting many of the items below to ensure proper formatting in the document and successful submission to ProQuest.
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