" Raghdah Ainuddin ACCT 202: Accounting Principles II Summer II, 2011 Guidelines for writing your research paper: The purpose of this research paper is to provide you with an opportunity to conduct research on a contemporary managerial accounting topic. Term paper topic for this semester is Activity Based Costing. I earnestly hope that this exercise will give you a skill that you will find very useful later in your life. The research skills that you acquire during this process hopefully will prepare you to find appropriate information when you need them to solve unstructured problems that you may encounter in your professional life. Follow the guidelines below when you work on your research paper. 1. Length of your paper should be 4 single-spaced pages excluding bibliography and any exhibits or tables that you may provide. Prepare your paper for normal letter sized paper. Keep 1? inch margin on top and 1 inch margin on all other sides. Email a copy of the finished paper as an attachment to your email. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you email your paper make sure it does not have any viruses. If it has any viruses, I will not be able to open your paper. 2. Cover page of the paper should have the title in ALL CAPS, centered. Use inverted pyramid structure, single-spaced within the title if more than one line is required. Type your name and course number in Mixed Case on the middle of the page, centered. Write Summer 2011 at the bottom of the page, centered. This page should be unnumbered. 3. Begin first page of your paper with the title in ALL CAPS, centered, inverted pyramid structure, single-spaced within the title if more than one line is required. Insert two blank spaces below the title, and then insert your name in Mixed Case. Insert three blank spaces below your name; center the heading ABSTRACT, insert two blank spaces below this heading followed by a 100 to 120 word abstract. The abstract should be fully justified and single-spaced. DO NOT indent this paragraph. 4. Insert three blank spaces below the abstract, center the heading INTRODUCTION. Insert two spaces. Use first paragraph of this section to introduce your reader to the topic. Use second paragraph to describe how the remainder of your paper is organized. First line of each paragraph should be indented ? inch from the left margin. Each paragraph should be separated by two spaces. Page number should be centered and between bottom margin on this page and all subsequent pages. Raghdah Ainuddin ACCT 202: Accounting Principles II Summer II, 2011 5. Your paper will contain four sections: an introductory section called INTRODUCTION, section two should be titled ACTIVITY BASED COSTING. Use this section to describe the historical background behind the usage of Activity Based Costing. Section three should be titled APPLICATION OF ACTIVITY BASED COSTING. Use this section to give examples of application of Activity Based Costing from real life. The fourth section called CONCLUSION should be used to draw conclusion to your paper. 6. Each section must be separated by three blank spaces. The body of the paper should be single-spaced and left justified (ragged right). This is a short term paper, so do not use table of contents. Avoid orphaning or widowing (i.e., do not start a new paragraph with only one line on one page or carry over only one line of a paragraph to the next page). 7. Citations should be included throughout your paper and complete information should be given in a section called REFERENCES. The first line of each reference should be flushed to the left margin. Successive lines within each reference should be indented ? inch from the left margin. Each reference should be single-spaced and two blank spaces should appear between each reference. You need at least 4 citations and no more than 6 citations for your paper. You should use APA style for all citations. 8. Use 12 point Times New Roman typeface for all text. 9. Use a maximum of two levels of headings as appropriate. Level one heading should be in ALL CAPS, centered, with three blank spaces above and two blank spaces below. Level two heading should be in Mixed Case, left justified, with two blank spaces above and below. Examples of the desired heading typeface follow: LEVEL ONE HEADING You must have at least two lines of text between level one and level two headings. The purpose of this requirement is to give your paper a polished look. Level Two Heading 10. The caption for each exhibit or table should appear in ALL CAPS, in 12 point Times New Roman BOLD, centered above the exhibit or table, with two blank spaces above and below the caption. Exhibit citations and notes should appear directly below the exhibit, single-spaced, left justified, in 12 point Times New Roman, with two blank spaces above and below the note. "
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