Last updated: 4/14/2016
Visual: The words “Walden University Writing Center” and the Walden University Writing Center logo on a blank page of a notebook with a pencil. The slogan “Your writing, grammar, and APA experts” appears. The screen shifts to present the words “The Course Paper Template” with the title “A Tour of the Template” underneath.
Audio: Music plays.
Visual: The template title page is visual. It contains a place to type a title and a student name. Under that information is the name Walden University.
Audio: Next we’re going to take a tour of the template and its features. This first page is called the title page.
Visual: As the speaker mentions each feature, she uses her mouse to highlight that item in yellow.
Audio: The title page includes identifying information, including the title of your paper, your full name, and the university’s name. Note that some instructors might also ask you to add the course number and the date to this title page. You can also see the page numbers that appear at the top right corner of each page begin on the title page. Note that page numbers are the only information required in the header section of a course paper. While APA asks writers to add a running head to their published documents, because course papers aren't meant to be published documents, Walden students aren't required to include a running head.
Another feature to note is the page break included on the title page. You can see page breaks by toggling the pilcrow symbol found in the “Paragraph” section of the “Home” tab.
Visual: The speaker moves her mouse to the top of the page in word and clicks on the pilcrow symbol, which looks like a backwards facing capital P. When she does this, symbols become visible on the template title page. A pilcrow is placed every time someone pressed “enter” to start a new line. Under the typed information on the title page, there are words and a line identifying a page break.
Audio: Clicking this button allows you to see the formatting features in the background of the template, including the page break. The next page in your paper must start at the top of the next page, so we use this page break to ensure nothing else appears on the title page. The next page included in the template is the Abstract page.
Visual: The Word document scrolls down to the second page. The word “Abstract” is centered on the first line. Two lines of text are under it. As the speaker mentions the word “abstract”, it is highlighted.
Audio: The Abstract page starts with the title “Abstract”, which is centered and not bolded, as shown. Not all assignments require an abstract, so if your assignment doesn’t require an abstract delete this page.
Visual: The Word document scrolls down to the third page. The first line is centered and reads, “Title of Paper in Full goes Here.” There are random letters used to represent the size and location of the first paragraph under this title. Below the sample paragraph is a heading, centered and bold that reads, “Level 1 Heading.” Under this is another example paragraph. As the speaker mentions each item, it is highlighted in yellow.
Audio: The next page in the template starts the body of the paper. The body of the paper begins with a repetition of the paper’s title, centered and unbolded, as shown. The template also includes examples of APA-formatted headings. Here, for instance, is an example of a level 1 heading.
Also note that these paragraphs are formatted just as your own paragraphs should be formatted, with an indentation on the first line, double spacing, and consistent use of Times New Roman, size 12 font. If I continue scrolling we find the last part of the template at the end: the references list.
Visual: The Word document scrolls through several pages until it reaches the end. The last page has the word “References” at the top, centered. Beneath this are several example sources, each formatted according to APA style, including a hanging indent. As the speaker mentions each item on the page, it is highlighted in yellow.
Audio: This references list is included to provide you examples of APA-formatted reference entries. It beings with the title of the list, “References,” centered but not bolded. You should use these example reference entries to format the reference entries for sources you use in your own assignments.
Visual: The screen rotates and the second page of the template, with room for the paper title and first few paragraphs, is visible.
Audio: The template is a starting point to help save you time and clarify formatting requirements for coursework assignments, but it still needs you to make it specific to you and your assignment. Whether you use the template as a visual guide, copy and paste into the template, or write directly into the template is up to you: just be sure you remove the stock headings, paragraphs, and reference entries in the template.
You may also have some questions about how to use some of the features of Microsoft Word. If that’s the case, we encourage you to visit the Academic Skills Center’s website.
Visual: A blue box appears on the left side of the screen. It says, “Academic Skills Center: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ASCsoftware/word.”
Audio: Once there, you can refer to their handouts and videos, make an appointment for help, or email questions. If you have any questions specific to APA or using the course paper template, those can always be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visual: In the blue box, the words, “APA or template questions: email@example.com” appear.
Audio: Thanks for watching and happy writing!
Visual: The words “Walden University Writing Center” and the Walden University Writing Center logo on a blank page of a notebook with a pencil. In the middle it says, “Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org”