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Program Name or Degree Name (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Psychology), Walden University
COURSE XXX: Title of Course
Month XX, 202X
Title of the Paper: [Insert the full title of the paper]
When utilizing a Walden template, the initial step is to save it locally on your computer using the Save As function. It is important to move the document to a new location on your computer and avoid keeping it in the Download folder. When you are ready to use the template for your paper, open it and immediately Save As, giving the document a new name. Once the document is renamed, you can proceed with using the Save command to save the document as you write your APA 7 sample nursing paper.
APA Format and College-Level Writing Challenges
APA format and college-level writing can pose difficulties for students who are returning to school after an extended period away from academia. For short undergraduate papers, an abstract is typically not required, so this template does not include an abstract page. However, you can add an abstract page if needed (you can find a version with the abstract on our General Templates page). The references page provides examples of sample references for various sources, such as webpages, books, journal articles, and course videos. Below, you will find advice on writing your paper and adhering to APA standards.
Paragraph Structure and Content
Your introductory paragraph and subsequent paragraphs should consist of a minimum of three sentences, with an average of four to five sentences and a maximum of seven sentences. The last sentence of your opening paragraph should serve as the thesis statement, summarizing the purpose of your assignment and how you intend to address it. Preceding your thesis statement, the preceding sentences should provide background information to contextualize your thesis for readers.
Each paragraph should commence with a topic sentence that summarizes the main argument or idea of the paragraph. Additionally, the final sentence (or lead-out) of each paragraph should serve as a transition statement, connecting the discussed content to what will be presented in the next paragraph. Within the body of each paragraph, ensure to include your own thoughts on the topic, as well as a separate sentence that paraphrases information from a source, accompanied by an in-text citation. The source can support your viewpoint, offer an alternative perspective, or provide background information. For further guidance, refer to the Writing Center’s webpage on paragraphs.
Paraphrasing and Citations
Whenever possible, try to use paraphrases instead of direct quotations, reserving quotations for instances where paraphrasing would result in a loss of meaning. Remember to cite all information from sources, whether paraphrased or quoted. Citations should be in either parenthetical or narrative citation format, including the last name(s) of the author(s) or the name of the organization that published the material, the year of publication, and a page or paragraph number for quoted material. Each source cited in your paper, except for personal communications, should have a corresponding reference list entry. If a source does not provide a date, use “n.d.” in place of the year. To provide an example, this sentence does not come from a source, but it includes an in-text citation (Author, n.d.). If you have multiple sentences of information from a single source, make it clear to the reader which information corresponds to each sentence using citations or other cue phrases (e.g., The authors also stated…). For more information and examples, refer to APA 7, Section 8.
Evaluating Sources and References
Exercise caution when using websites as sources, as many lack reliable and unbiased information. Generally, it is advisable to avoid sources like Wikipedia, About.com, Answers.com, and similar websites, as explained in the Writing Center’s “Why You Shouldn’t Wiki” blog post. While some .com sites are acceptable, most undergraduate students struggle to discern their credibility, so a practical guideline is to avoid them. Websites ending in .gov, .net, .edu, .org, and similar domains tend to be more trustworthy than .com sources. Visit the Library’s Evaluating Resources webpage for additional tips on finding reliable sources.
Conclusion and Recommendations
The body of your paper should consist of several paragraphs or more. In your conclusion paragraph, provide a brief summary of the main points discussed in your paper and place it within the context of social change. Although your conclusion should not introduce new topics, you may suggest directions for future research. It is generally advised not to include any information in the conclusion that requires citation. Instead, the conclusion should solely reflect your thoughts and analysis.
Ensure that you carefully follow instructions, and we recommend downloading the grading rubric from Doc Sharing, which provides a breakdown of how assignments are evaluated. A one-page essay refers to a complete page of writing and does not include elements such as references, tables or figures, or the title page. When the assignment instructions specify the use of two sources, it means that two different sources must be utilized, not just two in-text citations from the same source. Lastly, if you have any questions regarding paper writing or proper source citation, feel free to contact the Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Live Chat Hours.
(Note: The following references are provided as examples only. These entries demonstrate different types of references but are not cited in the text of this template. In your paper, ensure that every reference entry corresponds to a citation, and every citation refers to an item in the reference list.)
American Counseling Association. (n.d.). About us. Retrieved from https://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca
Anderson, M. (2018). Getting consistent with consequences. Educational Leadership, 76(1), 26-33.
Bach, D., & Blake, D. J. (2016). Frame or get framed: The critical role of issue framing in nonmarket management. California Management Review, 58(3), 66-87. https://doi.org/10.1525/cmr.2016.58.3.66
Burgess, R. (2019). Rethinking global health: Frameworks of Power. Routledge.
Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24(2), 225–229. https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-6188.8.131.52
Johnson, P. (2003). Art: A new history. HarperCollins.
Lindley, L. C., & Slayter, E. M. (2018). Prior trauma exposure and serious illness at the end of life: A national study of children in the U.S. foster care system from 2005 to 2015. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 56(3), 309–317. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.06.001
Osman, M. A. (2016, December 15). 5 do’s and don’ts for staying motivated. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/5-dos-and-donts-for-staying-motivated/art-20270835
Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Wiley.
Walden University Library. (n.d.). Anatomy of a research article [Video]. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/instructionalmedia/tutorials#s-lg-box-7955524
Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Writing literature reviews in your graduate coursework [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/webinars/graduate#s-lg-box-18447417
World Health Organization. (2018, March). Questions and answers on immunization and vaccine safety. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/features/qa/84/en/