The Seattle School Writing Resources exists to promote outstanding writing among students, faculty, and staff for academic, professional, and creative work. We offer a number of resources for each genre of writing and services for students at every skill level.
The Seattle School Paper Format
Papers are to be formatted in accordance with standards of APA or Chicago discourse style unless otherwise designated by the professor, except where these discourse styles conflict with The Seattle School format.
- Use 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper.
- Type or word process the paper.
- Use 12 point type and a serif font; examples include Times New Roman, Palatino, and Cambria.
- Margins should be at least one inch and should not exceed 1.25 inches.
- Text should be double spaced.
- Do not include a title page.
- On the top of the first page of the paper, write the course number, the date, and the title of your paper.
- If you are turning a paper in during class, writing name on the back (verso) of the last page of your paper is sufficient. However, if you are turning it into the mailbox at the Front Desk, write your name, course name, and name of the Faculty Member and/or Assistant Instructor to ensure proper delivery.
APA Discourse Style
Counseling classes require APA discourse style for all written assignments. APA cites references parenthetically within the body of the paper and lists them on a separate References page. Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for complete style guidelines. Please note that The Seattle School Formatting Guidelines supersede APA discourse style where the two disagree (e.g., neither a title page nor an abstract are required).
Chicago Discourse Style
Theology and Biblical courses require Chicago discourse style for all written assignments. Chicago discourse style cites references by utilizing footnotes and lists them separately on a Bibliography page. Refer to Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers as a primary guideline and The Chicago Manual of Style as a secondary reference text. Please note that The Seattle School Formatting Guidelines supersede Chicago discourse style where the two disagree.
We’ve compiled a collection of helpful handouts and links to help students with their writing projects.
APA Discourse Style Resources
- KnightCite, provided by Calvin College, is a tool that formats publication information into APA discourse style citations.
- The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides an online guide to APA Documentation and a printable handout summarizing APA style.
- Purdue’s Online Writing Lab gives an overview of Using APA Format.
- The APA Style Website outlines frequently asked questions, updates electronic citations, and provides links to purchase the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Chicago Discourse Style Resources
- Ohio State University’s page on Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide (Notes-Bibliography System) is a handout that gives examples of frequently used citations.
- Chicago/Turabian Documentation, provided by The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- KnightCite, provided by Calvin College, is a tool that formats publication information into Chicago discourse style citations.
- Nuts and Bolts Guide to Chicago Style
- Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an excellent and extensive resource for writers.
- Andrea Lunsford has researched the 20 most common grammatical errors made by students. The companion site for The Everyday Writer provides descriptions and examples of these errors.
- The SPU Center for Learning lists links to a number of helpful time management resources, including the University of Minnesota’s Assignment Calculator.
- Purdue’s OWL resource on Avoiding Plagiarism defines plagiarism and provides tips for avoiding it.
- How to Write a Thesis Statement; Indiana University
- Thesis Statements; University of California, San Diego
- Constructing Thesis Statements; University of North Carolina
- EasyBib is a free, automatic citation maker.
- Knight Cite is a free online citation generator provided by Calvin College’s Library. Registered users can save citations and bibliographies.
- Son of Citation Machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information they use.
- CrossRef’s free DOI lookup is a helpful tool for locating the DOI of digital (online) materials.