Across the Curriculum
Terri Perkins - Term Paper Guidelines
Registered Nurses (RN) practice in a professional
environment. The RN must have good written and verbal communication
skills. The RN must be able to find current and pertinent information
and apply this information to care of clients in a variety of
health care settings. Good writing skills and capabilities of
locating relevant, current medical/nursing information are needed
for client documentation, developing client education materials,
developing nursing policies and procedures, all of which the RN
may be asked to participate in as a member of the health care
The purpose of this paper is to:
When writing this paper you must include the following in the paper:
Points will be deducted for tardiness as follows:
2 points will be subtracted if the term paper is 1 day late
1.5 additional points will be subtracted if the term paper is 2 days late
1 additional point per day will be subtracted if the term paper
is late starting on day 3
The clinical instructors will use the following guidelines to
grade each paper. A passing score is 19.5 out of 25 points (or
NOTE: You must return this grading sheet with your term paper.
|APA style is used through out the paper|
|Grammar, punctuation and spelling is correct|
|Body of paper is 10 pages minimum, 15 pages maximum|
|Paper contains the 5 required elements|
|Title page contains required elements|
|Introductory paragraph contains required elements|
|Body of paper contains required content elements:
|Summary of findings present|
|Used 10-15 current references|
|50% of references are from Nursing Journals|
|Points off if tardy|
|Total Points Earned
(minimal passing score is 19.5 out 25)
|NOTE: If you do not achieve a passing grade on the paper, the paper could be redone as directed by your clinical instructor. The maximum score you could earn on a redo is 19.5 points.|
I. This type of documentation is for use in psychology, sociology,
and related fields where the timeliness of sources is of primary
importance. Therefore, the publication date of each source is
required when making citations. The following are examples of
APA format when referencing a journal article or text in the body
of a paper.
A. Insert the surname of the author, and the year of publication
in the text at the appropriate point.
Martin (1996) compared wound healing times
In a recent study of wound healing times (Martin, 1996)
B. When a work has two authors, always cite both names every time
the reference occurs in text.
Smith and Jones (1997) describe the method
The most recent method described (Smith and Jones, 1997)
C. When a work has three, four, or five authors, cite all authors
the first time you use the reference. If the reference is used
again, only include the surname of the first author followed by
Walters, Johnson, Grimm, and Miller (1997) reported findings
Walters et al. (1997) substantiated the findings
II. On a separate sheet of paper, include an alphabetical list
of all references cited in the text. The entries should be double-spaced
with no extra space between each source. Indent the first line
of each reference seven spaces. The title "References"
should be centered at the top of the page (no quotation marks).
The following are examples of how to reference journals, magazines,
A. Journal article, one author
Newman, C. N. (1995). In search of the perfect statistical test.
Journal of Research, 19, 234-245.
B. Journal article, two authors, journal paginated by issue
Smith, D. & White, B. (1993). The role of the white rat in
research. Nurse Research Specialist, 45, (2), 24-32.
C. Magazine article
Potter, M.A. (1994, November 17). Tips on studying effectively.
Student Nurse, 19, 35-42.
D. Chapter in a book
Patton, D. (1997). How to reference an article. In J.P. Moss,
I.C. Pick, & R.L. Stir (Eds.), Understanding nursing research
(pp. 63-78). Redmond, WA: Student Nurse Press.
The following is an explanation of the above example:
Author of chapter: Patton, D.
Date of publication: (1992)
Chapter title: How to reference an article.
Book editors: In J.P. Moss, I.C. Pick, & R.L. Stir (Eds.)
Book title and chapter pages: Understanding Nursing Research (pp.
Publication information: Redmond, WA: Student Nurse Press.
E. Book - entire book by one author
Cone, J.D. & Foster, S.L. (1993). Dissertations and theses
from start to finish: Psychology and related fields. Washington,
DC: American Psychological Association.
F. Book - no author or editor
Merrian-Webster's a collegiate dictionary (10th
edition). Springfield, MA: Merrian-Webster.
Directions: When citing information obtained from an electronic source, it is important to give credit to the original author first. Other critical information that should be included:
Two good electronic sources for APA style are:
With this one, you are connected to the UW. Go to "writer" and then scroll
down to APA stuff.
|Individual work||Author/editor. (Year). Title (edition), [Type of medium]. Producer (optional). Available: Supplier/database identifier or number [Access date].
Example: Pritzker, T. J. (No date). An Early fragment from central Nepal [Online], Available: http://www.ingress.com/~astanart/pritzker.html [1995, June 8].
|Parts of Works||Author/editor. (Year). Title. In Source (edition), [Type of medium]. Producer (optional). Available protocol (if applicable): Site/Path/File [Access date].
Example: Daniel, R. T. (1995). The history of Western music. In Britannica online: Macropaedia [Online]. Available: http://www.eb.com:180/cgi-bin:DocF=macro/5004/45/0.html [1995, June 14].
|Journal Articles||Author. (Year). Title. Journal Title [Type of medium], volume(issue), paging or indicator of length. Available: Supplier/Database name (Database identifier or number, if available)/Item or accession number [Access date].
Example: Carriveau, K.L., Jr. (1995). [Review of the book Environmental hazards: Marine pollution]. Electronic Green Journal [Online], 2(1), 3 paragraphs. Available: gopher://gopher.uidaho.edu/11/UI_gopher/library/egj03/carriv01.html [1995, June 21].
|Newspaper articles||Author. (Year, month day). Title. Newspaper Title [Type of medium], paging or indicator of length. Available: Supplier/Database name (Database identifier or number, if available)/Item or accession number [Access date].
Example: Howell, V. & Carlton, B. (1993, August 28). Growing up tough: New generation fights for its life: Inner-city youths live by rule of vengeance. Birmingham News [CD-ROM], p. 1A(10 pp.). Available: 1994 SIRS/SIRS 1993 Youth/Volume 4/Article 56A [1995, July 16].
Updated August 25, 2003