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HCOM 475: Senior Capstone

Fall 2008

CAPSTONE FINAL FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS

HCOM requires two bound copies of your Capstone Portfolio. Your Capstone
Professor will return one copy to you for display in the Festival and this will
remain your personal copy. The second copy will be archived in HCOM.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR FORMATTING


1. BINDING: Continuous spiral binding; heavier stock front and back
cover. Office Depot has the cheapest prices.

2. PAPER: 25-30lb paper for contents; heavier stock for Front and Back
covers.

3. IMAGES (at least 3 are required):


a. Color: Outside cover and title page image may be in color.
Throughout the paper must be reproduced as in the original
source, either color or black and white.

b. Size: Cover image should be attractive and visible. Within the


text, image should not overwhelm the page, or be too small.
Within the text, an image must remain within the margins of the
page; justified right or left with wrap around text, or centered
with no text on either side.

c. Sourcing: All images must be captioned and sourced. The


Cover image will be sourced on the Title Page, in a caption
below the image, but NOT on the Cover.

d. Images in the body of your paper: Place tables, charts, graphs


and images close to the place in your text where you refer to
them. Label charts and graphs as Tables and number them
consecutively (Table 1, Table 2). Give each one an explanatory
caption and put this information above the Table. For
photographs or other visuals use Figure(abbr. Fig.1, Fig. 2).
Place Figure captions below the visual, citing the source of the
material and provide explanatory notes as needed. Think of this
as a complete footnote, where someone else can easily find the
source. Do nothave a separate section in the Works cited. Use a
smaller font for captions below visuals than the text, as you’ll
have to integrate a lot of information.

E.g. Fig. 1 Percentage of Schools Not Meeting Federal Test Standards.


Source: U.S. Department of Education Report, No Child Left Behind, 2004
(use the MLA or Chicago Style format in your style manual for citing the
appropriate source)
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Fall 2008

4. FONT and FONT SIZE: Do not mix fonts throughout the portfolio.
Size:12pt Times, New Times Roman, Palatino, or other easily legible
font. Note: 12 pt differs in size. Too large looks elementary, too small,
too compressed are hard to read. Avoid cutesy. Test by printing a
page and determine whether a whole page of that font is a good size
and easy to read.

5. MARGINS: One-inch margins. Make sure you have enough space


between the last line of text and footer and page number.

6. SPACING: Double space throughout, including indented quotes.


Captions should be singled spaced directly beneath the image in a
smaller font size (do not leave space between the image and the
caption)

7. CAPITALIZATION: All titles, image captions, section headings


should be in Title Case, that is: The First Letter of Each Word Is
Capitalized (except conjunctions, short prepositions, or articles that are
not the first words), regardless of original.

8. DIVIDER PAGES: Include a divider page called APPENDICES after


your Works Cited. Within, include the following sub-divider pages:

APPENDIX A: LITERATURE REVIEW


APPENDIX B: INTERDISCPLINARY REFLECTION
APPENDIX C: ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
APPENDIX D: DOCUMENTS, IMAGES, TABLE that are too long
or are not included in the body of the essay for other reasons but
you want to include for the reader’s reference. (only if relevant)
APPENDIX E: ELECTRONIC POSTER (only if we can determine
how to print it in a professional format. Capstone Professor will announce
if you need to include)

All titles on sub and Divider pages should be ALL CAPS, centered,
and in the middle of the page. CWSA students include a divider called
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO between the Personal Essay or Paper and the
creative work. The Works Cited page or Chicago Style Bibliography
comes after Creative Work; no separate divider page.

SPECIFIC SECTIONS AND CONTENT FORMATTING


9. COVER PAGE CONTENTS:
HCOM 475: Senior Capstone
Fall 2008

The cover page includes: Title, Image, Your Name, Senior


Capstone, Division of Humanities and Communication, Spring
2005

Both title and image should be centered in the middle third of the
page and your eye should go immediately to the title. Remaining
information is centered at the bottom of the page. Title should be
in the same font as the body of the paper, however in a larger size
and bolded. Use all caps and italics if you like. Play around with
what looks best.

10. PRELIMINARY PAGES


a. TITLE PAGE: The title page reproduces the cover page, but
adds the following information: a caption and source for the
image (directly beneath the image in a smaller font size); Your
Name, Senior Capstone, Concentration (check the catalog for
exact wording), Capstone Professor, Division of Humanities
and Communication, Spring, 2005. This page carries NO
pagination.

b. DEDICATION/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PAGE: This is


optional; you can have one or the other or both. You can put
whatever you want on this page, including an image if you
want.

c. TABLE OF CONTENTS: This is the last thing you do; see end of
this document for details. Paginated Benmayor ii – do not
include in Table of Contents.

11. CREATIVE PORTFOLIO OR LESSON PLAN (Ignore if not applicable


to your Capstone)
a. The Creative Portfolio should have a Divider Page saying
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO or LESSON PLAN, depending on your
Concentration.

The Creative Writing and Social Action writers will preface each
piece in the portfolio with a few paragraphs that introduce each
piece. It’s up to you how you want to display these on the page
= whether under the title of the creative piece, or as an untitled
introductory text; each piece with its introduction, however,
should begin on a separate page.

In other words, this might be the introduction to my poem/short story on


sharks, that explains what is going on and who I want to move. I have
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Fall 2008

put my introductory remarks in italics to distinguish them from my


creative piece, which begins below.

Sharks
text

12. IN TEXT CITATIONS: Enough cannot be said about the necessity to


cite information or knowledge (use MLA citations or Chicago Style
footnotes) that you are not quoting directly, but paraphrasing (Owens
14). Notice that the punctuation goes outside the parenthesis. It is
outstanding scholarly formto acknowledge the thread of intellectual
ideas (Simmons 12). This shows that you have done your homework
and that you can distinguish your own original ideas from those who
have inspired your thinking. You must at least cite 15 sources (5
primary/10 secondary or vice versa for Creative Writing) in the body
of your paper.

13. APPENDICES
a. INTERDISCIPLINARY REFLECTION ESSAY

b. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: You must annotate all of your


15 sources (10 secondary, 5 primary, etc.). Each entry should be
cited according to proper MLA or Chicago Style citation
formats. Bold the bibliographic citation. Include one or two
paragraphs that include a brief description of the contents of the
piece, the main arguments.

c. ADDITIONAL MATERIALS (charts, graphs, primary


documents, transcripts, interview guides or questionnaires, etc):
i. Each of these needs to have a title describing what the
piece is and the source = where it comes from. All
images, charts, graphs, must be sourced. See above.
ii.Each different type of document should be on a separate
page.
iii.If you include transcripts from interviews, identify
interviewee’s name, your name, date of the interview.
Include all questionnaires or topic guides used in the
interview.

d. ELECTRONIC POSTER: Include printed version of Electronic


Poster.
HCOM 475: Senior Capstone
Fall 2008

FINAL FORMATTING
14. SPELLCHECK EVERYTHING. GRAMMARCHECK EVERYTHING.
HAVE SOMEONE ELSE WITH EXCELLENT SPELLING READ FOR
HOMONYMS: there, their; effect (noun), affect (verb). CHECK MLA
CITATIONS OR CHICAGO STYLE FOOTNOTES AS WELL AS THE
MLA WORKS CITED PAGE OR THE CHICAGO STYLE
BIBLIOGRAPHY TO SEE IF THEY ARE CORRECTLY FORMATED.

15. PAGINATION: THE NEXT TO THE LAST THING YOU DO!


In order to paginate consecutively throughout, you need to make one
document, with each piece in proper sequence. If you have materials to
add in your Appendix that is already printed, insert blank pages into
your composite document and then exchange the blank pages with the
pages you want to include. These will not be paginated, but you won’t
throw off the remaining pagination. Remove pre-existing pagination
from pieces (Reflections, Prospectus, Annotated Bibliographies) before
inserting.

Paginate all pages bottom right with a Footer that includes your name,
two spaces, and the page number: Reichard 3

Pagination begins with your FIRST page of content. For preliminary


pages (table of contents) you should use small roman numerals:
Reichard i

16. TABLE OF CONTENTS – THE LAST THING YOU DO!


Once you have paginated the whole document, make the Table of
Contents. There should be a Table of Contents template in Word that
will format this automatically. Note: Tables of Contents that are filled
with ……… are not elegant. Keep all page numbers in a separate
column but it doesn’t have to be at the very far right of the page. It can
be closer to the text, so it’s easier to read. Do not include sections
within your paper. Only the items listed below:

SAMPLE TABLE OF CONTENTS (excluding cover, title, table of


contents pages)
Dedication and/or Acknowledgments i
Paper Title (or Personal Essay) 1
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Fall 2008

Creative Portfolio (# of the divider page) 11


Title of poem 12
Appendices (# of divider page) 18
Appendix A: Literature Review 19
Appendix B: Interdisciplinary Reflection 24
Appendix C: Annotated Bibliography 26

Appendix D: Documents (only if relevant) 28


Appendix E: E-Poster
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