Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2020     Views: 1306

Ultimately the student is responsible for the content and quality of his or her thesis/capstone paper. The capstone course syllabus is designed to walk you through the entire process.  So one resource if you are having difficulties is your capstone course instructor. They care as much about your success as you do, so take the time to develop a good working relationship with him or her.

The following are library resources that can help you with your thesis/capstone:

  • You can find information on writing the thesis/capstone paper on the Graduate Writing page of Writing@APUS.
  • Another useful resource is the SAGE Project Planner, a tutorial tool designed to guide you step-by-step through your research project.  Click here to learn more.
  • Style guides may also include helpful information on correct and accurate writing. For example:
    • The APA style guide
      • Chapter 1 is titled "Writing in the Behavioral and Social Sciences."
      • Chapter 3 is titled "Writing Clearly and Concisely."
    • The Turabian style guide: Part 1 (which included 15 sections) is titled "Research and Writing from Planning to Production."
    • NOTE: the full editions of the Chicago and Bluebook style guides do not include research and writing information.


The APUS ePress provides abbreviated versions of the required academic style guides at no cost.  These guides focus on primarily on issues of citation construction and formatting. With the exception of the Chicago Manual of Style, and The Bluebook, which are provided to APUS students, faculty, and staff, these editions are not the complete guides. (You are free to purchase your own copies of the style guides, either directly from their respective publishers or online via such suppliers as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.)

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