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INST 2006: Dimensions of Culture & Society

This guide will assist students in INST 2006 with their local ethnography research.


Manuscript Sections

Text must be in 12-point Times or Times New Roman font. All text should be double-spaced except for block quotes. Structure your paper using the following sections:

  • Title page: Includes full title followed by an asterisk, name(s) and institution(s) of author(s), a complete word count, running head, and a title footnote with name and address of author(s), acknowledgments, credits, and grant information (if any).
  • Abstract: Begin on a new page headed by the title. Brief, jargon-free paragraph (less than 200 words) summarizing the work, followed by three to five key words.
  • Body: Begin on a new page headed by the title. Use headings and subheadings after the introduction.
  • Notes: Footnotes and endnotes should be indicated in the text with superscripted numbers. The notes can be typed at the bottom of the page (footnotes) or in a separate section labeled Notes or Endnotes. Do only one or the other; not both. Begin each note with its superscript number.
  • References: List alphabetically in a new section labeled References.
  • Appendices: If more than one, label Appendix A, Appendix B, etc. Appendices should be labeled with a title.

Headings & Subheadings

First Level Head

  • First -level headings are all in caps and left-justified. Start using headings after the introduction.

Second Level Head

  • Second-level Headings are italicized, left-justified, and all words except prepositions and conjunctions are capitalized.

Third Level Head

  • Third-level headings are italicized, indented, end with a period, and only the first word and any proper nouns are capitalized.

ASA Sample Paper

In-Text Citations

  • Include last name(s) of the author(s) and year of publication.
  • Include page numbers for direct quotes or specific passages, and separate from the date with a colon and no space.

These elements could be in the text or in a parenthetical citation, like so:

   Doe’s study indicated that undergraduate students prefer classes starting 10:00am and later (2006).

   Student input was elicited through surveys and focus groups (Doe 2006).

   Focus groups revealed that “45 of the 52 students stayed up past midnight at least three nights per week, not for socializing, but to complete homework assignments” (Doe 2006:83).