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Title Page: Centred on the page will be the title of paper, author’s name, and institutional affiliation (e.g., Athabasca University). You should also have a header with the running head on the left and the page number on the right. The term Running Head is followed by a shortened title of the manuscript in upper case. The header with the running head (that is, the shortened title) and page number should appear on every page, but the term Running Head only appears on the title page.
Abstract: Manuscripts submitted for publication are required to have an abstract or a brief summary of the entire paper. The abstract is not an introduction. The abstract is on a separate page immediately following the title page.
Body:The body of the paper starts with an introductory paragraph or two that describes the specific topic that is to be discussed, the period of adulthood you are studying, and the importance of the topic. Because the introduction is clearly identified by its position in the paper, it is not labeled. Rather, the title of the paper precedes the introductory sentence.
For example,
Cognitive Deficits in Later Adulthood
An examination of the cognitive functioning of older adults has been an active area of research …
After the introduction, the relevant research and theory is reviewed as it relates to the topic. You must use a minimum of ten sources with at least six original articles from scientific journals from the last 5-10 years.
Your paper should end with a in a paragraph or two that summarizes the major points of the review, and draws conclusions based on the material presented.
References: Sources cited in your paper MUST appear in your reference list. The reference section begins on a separate page, with the heading References at the top. The reference section is considered part of your paper, and therefore should include page numbers.