The Paper is About Convincing a friend or family member to earn a college degree


Step 1: Proofread your paper to make sure that it makes sense.

  • Read the paper out loud. Does it flow smoothly?
  • Do you have a strong thesis statement? The reader should know in the first paragraph your stand on the issue.
  • In the body of your paper, is there a logical flow to your argument? Do you have convincing arguments as well as strong evidence to defend your argument?
  • Do you have a strong conclusion in the final paragraph of your paper?

Step 2: Check your paper for spelling and grammatical errors.

It is always a good idea to use the computer spell check program; however, be aware that it will not pick up everything, and you need to manually check for errors.

Step 3: Make sure that your paper is formatted in APA style.

APA Formatting Requirements:

  • Cover page with your name, your instructor’s name, course ID, and assignment name.
  • 1 inch margins
  • Double-spaced text
  • 12 point Times New Roman or similar font
  • At least two resources cited in your paper
  • APA format for in-text citations
  • References list
    • On its own page at the end of the paper
    • The word “References” centered at the top of the page
    • APA-format full citations
    • Double-spaced like the rest of the paper

Step 4: Re-read the final version of your paper.

Paper Requirements:

  • Minimum of 600 words, not including the title page or References list.
  • All quotes, unusual facts, and statistics need citations (even if you cited the same source in the previous sentence)
  • Within your paper, use quotes, summaries, and/or paraphrased information from at least two (2) strong sources.
    • Use the sources you analyzed in your Week 2 paper.
    • If you want to use other sources instead of the ones from Week 2, you are welcome to do so.
    • Wikipedia,, and other crowd-sourced websites are not acceptable for academic papers, including this one.
    • Use SHARC > Library Resources > ProQuest to find additional strong sources.

When you are satisfied with your final draft, submit it as an attachment below.