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How do I write a Philosophical Paper?

I'm writing about a topic, but there isn't enough to say to write a book. So, how do I structure a Philosophical Paper? Do I need to change my grammar, etc. ?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Use APA (American Psychological Association) to cite sources within the social sciences and humanities. This resource is frequently revised be sure you are using the current edition, of the APA manual.

    Your essay should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11") with 1" margins on all sides. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.

    Include a page header at the top of every page. To create a page header, insert page numbers flush right. Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left.

    Your essay should include four major sections:

    Title Page

    Abstract

    Main Body

    References.

    The title page should contain the title of the paper, the author's name, and the institutional affiliation. Include the page header (described above) flush left with the page number flush right at the top of the page.

    THE RUNNING HEAD IN UP TO 50 CHARACTERS

    The running head is what gets printed across the top of journal pages. The 50 characters include spaces. It usually contains as much as the title that you can meaningfully fit into 50 characters (including spaces). The words "Running head:" only appear on the title page.

    Type your title in upper and lowercase letters centered in the upper half of the page. APA recommends that your title be no more than 12 words in length and that it should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. Your title may take up one or two lines. All text on the title page, and throughout your paper, should be double-spaced.

    Beneath the title, type the author's name: first name, middle initial(s), and last name. Do not use titles (Dr.) or degrees (Ph.D.)

    Beneath the author's name, type the institutional affiliation, which should indicate the location where the author(s) conducted the research.

    Begin a new page. Your abstract page should already include the page header (described above). On the first line of the abstract page, center the word “Abstract” (no bold, formatting, italics, underlining, or quotation marks).

    Beginning with the next line, write a concise summary of the key points of your research. (Do not indent.) Your abstract should contain at least your research topic, research questions, participants, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusions. You may also include possible implications of your research and future work you see connected with your findings. Your abstract should be a single paragraph double-spaced. Your abstract should be between 150 and 250 words.

    See these links for further explanation:

    http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~jnichols/APA-Style.htm

    http://my.ilstu.edu/~jhkahn/APAsample.pdf

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

    This You Tube video may help you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFXrhdvnmw

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    Source(s): Minor in writing, three years teaching technical communication, Technical writer, Published author.
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