ITPM Best Practices”
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December 15, 2017

Description
The?following?preliminary?pages?precede?the?body?of?the?research?paper,?in?this?order:
Title?page
Abstract
Table?of?Contents
List?of?Tables?(if?appropriate)
List?of?Illustrations?(if?appropriate)
The?text?(body?of?your?paper)?and?additional?pages?follow?in?this?order:
Text
References
Appendices
Abstract
All?abstracts?must?be?double?spaced?and?the?title?should?be?simply?Abstract.?The?abstract?should?be?no?more?than
120?words.?Do?not?bold?the?word?Abstract.
Table?of?Contents
The?table?of?contents?(TOC)?is?designed?for?the?convenience?of?the?reader.?It?should?include?the?abstract,?major
sections?of?the?text,?list?of?tables,?illustrations,?and/or?symbols,?as?well?as?your?references?and?appendices.?Do
not?list?the?title?page?or?table?of?contents?in?your?TOC.
List?of?Tables,?Illustrations,?and/or?Symbols
Each?category?is?listed?on?a?separate?page.?A?separate?page?is?created?for?Tables.?Tables?are?not?listed?in?the
Table?of?Contents.?See?the?Publication?Manual?of?the?APA?(6th?ed.)?or?Concise?Rules?of?APA?Style?(6th?ed.)?for
information?regarding?style?and?format.
Text
The?organization?of?the?text?will?vary?with?the?points?you?make?about?your?subject?matter.?Repeat?the?title?of
your?paper?on?the?first?line?of?text?and?begin?your?Background?of?the?Study?on?the?second?line.?Divide?your
paper?according?to?the?following?main?subheadings:
Background?of?the?Study:?provide?a?brief?history?of?the?ideas?and?issues?related?to?the?research?topic.?This
section?should?not?be?a?review?of?the?literature.?
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Statement?of?the?Problem:?This?section?states?the?question(s)?or?problem?you?are?investigating?based?on?your
review?of?the?literature.
Definition?of?Terms:?list?of?definitions?for?only?those?terms,?which?may?be?unfamiliar?or?vague?to?the?reader.
[Definitions?need?to?be?found?in?a?Psychology?Dictionary?or?peer?reviewed?journal?article.?Cite?and?reference
using?proper?APA?style]
Limitations?of?the?Study:?describe?limitations?of?the?published?research?you?reviewed.
Theoretical?Framework:?if?the?research?relates?to?a?specific?theoretical?orientation(s)?provide?an?overview?of
those?orientations?and?how?it?relates?to?the?research.
Review?of?Literature:?this?is?the?heart?of?the?project.?The?review?of?literature?is?not?a?series?of?reports?of?books?or
journal?article.?This?section?of?the?paper?should?be?organized?in?such?a?way?as?to?bring?together?the?most
important?writings?about?the?research?topic.?It?should?discuss?each?aspect?of?the?topic?in?detail?using?more?than
one?reference?for?each?section.?Each?reference?should?be?cited?in?your?text?and?have?a?corresponding?listing?in
the?Reference?section.
Discussion,?Conclusions,?and?Recommendations:?this?section?includes?a?discussion?of?the?state?of?the?current
research?in?this?subject?area,?any?conclusions?you?reached?after?reading?the?literature,?and?your?recommendations
for?further?research.
References?
Only?those?works?cited?in?the?text?appear?in?the?Reference?section,?and?conversely?every?work?in?the?Reference
section?must?appear?in?the?text.?Make?sure?to?properly?cite?all?references.?Note:?Include?50?references?in?your
paper.?Do?not?bold?the?word?References.
Appendices
The?main?purpose?of?an?appendix?is?to?provide?detailed?information?that?would?be?distracting?if?presented?in?the
text.?Examples:?a?survey?instrument?or?questionnaire,?a?data?collection?form.?If?you?use?1?appendix,?label:
Appendix.?If?more?than?1?appendix,?label:?Appendix?A,?B,?C,?etc.
*Note:?Title?Page,?Abstract,?Table?of?Contents,?References,?and?Appendices?(if?used)?are?NOT?included?in?the?25
pages.

 

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