Resources to promote outstanding writing for academic, professional, and creative work.
2020 APA and Chicago Style Resources Update
As of January 2020, the Seattle School has updated how we apply and access APA and Chicago Style citation standards for all courses. The update is simpler but involves some adjustments. Please read this bulletin fully to make sure you understand what has changed.
Paper Formatting at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Assignments are to be formatted in accordance with standards of APA or Chicago style for student papers unless otherwise designated by the professor.
- Assignments are to be typed and formatted for 8 1/2 x 11 letter size document
- Use 12 point serif font; examples include Times New Roman, Palatino, and Cambria
- Use 1-inch margins on all sides
- Text should be double spaced
- Include a title page according to student paper formats for APA & Chicago styles
- Place page number in upper right corner
- Upload assignments as .pdf or .doc files and save according to syllabi requirements, ex: “lastname.firstname.assingmentname”
Counseling classes require APA 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 7th edition for complete style guidelines. Note that APA provides specific guidelines for student papers that may differ from some aspects of manuscript publication formatting; these are generally noted within examples.
Theology and Biblical courses require Chicago Turabian style for all written assignments. As there are two different Chicago versions, The Seattle School uses Chicago Notes & Bibliography (rather than Chicago Author-Date), which cites references by utilizing footnotes and lists them separately on a Bibliography page. The Seattle School’s institutional subscription to the online Chicago Manual also includes links for Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers, which is the student version of The Chicago Manual of Style geared for formatting student assignments.
Other Writing Resources
- EasyBibis a free, automatic citation maker
- Knight Citeis a free online citation generator provided by Calvin College’s Library. Registered users can save citations and bibliographies
- Son of Citation Machinehelps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information they use
- CrossRef’s free>DOI lookupis a helpful tool for locating the DOI of digital (online) materials
- Resource provided by Stanford University, adapted from Andrea Lunsford’sTop 20 Tips for Editing Your Writing providing descriptions and examples of common errors
- General Writing and Grammarresources from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab
- Purdue’s Online Writing Lab resource on Avoiding Plagiarismdefines plagiarism and provides tips for avoiding it