Assignment Requirements (Use as a checklist):
TOPIC IS: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
1. Use a 10 or 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman Font
2. Double-space paper
3. Minimum of 800 words. No more than 1,000 words
4. Minimum of three (3) cited sources
5. Use APA format and parenthetical citations right after cited material (See below)
6. Paper should contain an introduction, a body, and a conclusion
7. Must be in Microsoft Word Format
8. Please Structure the paper following the Outline below.
Introduction – 1st paragraph
A. Define disorder
B. Give background or history of disorder
C. List the main points you are going to discuss in the body of the paper. Make sure to have at least 3. You need one paragraph in the body for each point you mention in this part of the introduction.
D. State thesis: purpose of paper. This is the last sentence of your introduction. (Ex: Since depression affects approximately 100 million people worldwide, it is very important to understand the early warning signs and symptoms associated with depression.)
Body – 2nd, 3rd, and 4th paragraphs
A. The 2nd paragraph of your paper (or 1st paragraph of the body should discuss the first point you listed in the introduction.
B. The next paragraph of your paper should discuss the 2nd point you listed.
C. Continue in this pattern until you have addressed the points you listed.
Conclusion – Last paragraph
A. Restate your thesis or the purpose of your paper
B. Write about why this is important
C. Mention future research professionals are conducting regarding this disorder
D. Remember to make the conclusion similar in length to the other paragraphs.
Many students write a one or two sentence conclusion. Do not do that.
What is a parenthetical citation right after the material you cited?
It is when you place the source in parenthesis ( ) right after the sentence you cited instead of waiting until the end of the paper. It helps the reader to know exactly what sentences and paragraphs are taken from particular sources.
Example: Place the author's name and the source's date of publication in parentheses immediately after the end of the cited material.
Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and mental processes (Coon, p. 12)
Families with no telephone service have difficulty accessing social services for which they are qualified (Benton Foundation, 1998, chap. 2, "Societal Priorities").
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I also listed some websites below. Please use the APA format and cite at least three (3) sources. I have guidelines on using the APA format and citing sources in Student Resources for you.
Here are some websites that may be helpful to you:
Mental Health Matters: [login to view URL]
Psychology Information Online: [login to view URL]
AllPsych Online, Virtual Psychology: [login to view URL]
Psych Crawler Search Engine: [login to view URL]~weid/[login to view URL]
Psych Central: [login to view URL]
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