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Maria DiValentin

"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

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Preparing Student Papers Using APA Format

At some point in your education you will start to be required to perform scholarly research, prepare a written report and present your findings to others. This document should help you prepare for these activities.

I recommend creating the format of the document as you start the research. Use Microsoft Word to:

  • add the cover page
  • add headings with the header text and page numbers per APA format
  • create an outline of your major topics
  • use headings so you can apply a table of contents which you can easily update with a click
  • add the reference page

In APA formatting this is a certain way the paper must be organized. Here is a list in order of how your paper should be constructed and organized. Below each is a link containing a example to better explain each tier.

~ Page Format - Here is a APA style paper. Look over this and read the paper to get an understanding of how the organization works.
http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/sample-papers.pdf

~ Title Page - This page is a simple cover page. It is placed on top of your paper and consists of nothing more then paper title, authors name, date, and class or university.
http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/sample-title.pdf

~ Abstract - This portion of the paper is a brief outline of your whole paper. The trick here is to make it short and concise. http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/sample-abstract.pdf

~ Introduction - The introduction is the beginning part of your paper. This is where you state your topic and give basic information on your research topic.
http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/sample-introduction.pdf

~ Discussion - This is the main portion of your paper. This part is the most important of the whole paper. Here you will discuss what your research was, how you did it, tools or methods used, present your data, explain your data, and come to a conclusion about the whole thing.
http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/sample-introduction.pdf

~ References - At the end of your paper you need to properly list and format your references. References are the forms of information you used to collect data on your research topic. This is a very crucial part of the paper as formatting is everything.
http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/sample-references2.pdf

~ Appendices - This is the index of your research paper just stating the order your paper is in and giving a brief explanation on each tier of your research paper. A basic outline is a simple way of putting it. http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/data/resources/sample-appendix.pdf

Impact in the real world...

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold

Rachel Claucherty-Arnold
Environmental Health

What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty.

"I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans."

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