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Kits: What Can I Do to Polish This Final Draft of the Study?

What Can I Do to Polish This Final Draft of the Study?

The Walden Writing Center also presents a variety of resources on formatting and self-editing to use in these final stages before F&S. To guarantee a smooth F&S review, ideally with minimal changes to do afterward, students should proofread and revise their own work thoroughly.

Students and faculty should prioritize document preparation based on clarity, consistency, economy of expression, correct attribution of previous authors’ work, and basic APA (6th ed.) style. While the editor will make suggestions for further revision when they return the reviewed document, the editors do not expect the document to be free of all errors to reach the F&S review stage.

In turn, though the editors will make direct corrections to a selection of pages and proofread some passages, they will prioritize their feedback based on ProQuest requirements, institutional preferences, and general scholarly writing standards. (For instance, while editors will make corrections to a selection of reference entries, they do not generally check for whether the references for journal articles require an issue number, as this would not interfere with publication in a standard academic journal.) 

Writing Center Resources

  • Students can become familiar with the Form and Style Review Process and what to expect from the Writing Center editors.
  • They can also watch the Preparing for the Form and Style Webinar.
  • The editors have published Form and Style Checklists that cover everything they will look for in their review.
  • To make sure students have the correct formatting and pagination in the MS Word document version of their capstone manuscript, they should study the Capstone Document Templates and download the appropriate one for their program.
  • The Writing Center also provides a Template Demonstration Video, which walks through how to use the template documents most effectively.
  • The Top 10 Problems That Delay Students at the Form and Style Review alert students about any potential issues they should address before submitting to F&S.
  • Students must obtain permission for any reprinted tables, figures, or information in appendices under copyright and include the letter of permission from the copyright holder in an appendix. Permission to use and permission to reprint material are two different things, and students may need to obtain them separately. (A student may receive permission to use an instrument under copyright to collect his or her data, for example, but this does not mean that the student automatically has permission to include a copy of that instrument in the published document.)
  • It is the student’s responsibility to confirm any copyrighted material or research instruments have been used with permission and that permission to use these sources is included in an appendix.

Typical Marked-Up Page From a F&S Review

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