NOTE: This is the general guidelines on presentation of assignments at Cornerstone Institute. This may vary across the different courses/modules. The psychology honours programme usually require that referencing and presentation be done according to theAPA style. However you should always check with your lecturer first regarding their preferred presentation layout.
If the course does not specify otherwise, continue using the guidelines below.
Useful tip: Keep a template of a cover page and plagiarism declaration saved which you can just copy, paste and edit for each new assignment. This will save you some much needed time.
Download an example of the cover page
Table of contents
The title TABLE OF CONTENTS is centered on the first line. Double space between the heading and the first entry. Spacing between further entries is flexible.
bold, caps, italics etc. Page numbers appear with each main heading.
Download an example of table of contents
Do not type outside the prescribed margins.
Line spacing & Font
The first number to appear will be on the first page of the text of the paper (i.e. the Introduction). Begin counting page numbers from the Introduction page. The number is placed at the top right hand of the paper. It should not be underlined or followed by a full stop.
Use the justified alignment (block format). The first line is not indented, but there must be an extra line between paragraphs to clearly indicate where one paragraph ends and the next begins. This paragraph and the ones above utilise a block format.
Quotations should be brief and functional, adding authority or insight to your point. They must be given exactly as they appear in the source and begin and end with quotation marks. If it is necessary to add or change a word for the sake of clarity, it should be included in square brackets. For example, “In the final statement, [Jesus] simply speaks of the Holy Spirit’s coming,” where the original “he” could be ambiguous.
and be indented 1 cm from the left margin, as has been done with this
paragraph. They are single-spaced and should not include quotation
the quotation (Bakker 2004:13).
Only use a quotation when absolutely necessary, for example, as an item of evidence in support of a point you are making or where the quotation is exceptionally apt. When in two minds, exclude it. In general, quotations should not comprise more than 10% of your entire document.