ES 375 Senior Seminar

Final Paper Format Guide

1. Title page (required)

Title is in CAPITAL LETTERS centered approximately 2.5 inches from the top of the paper (no bold, no underlining, no period at end of title; check a style guide for how to handle scientific names, which could be in italics.)

Double-space and then put the word "By"

Double-space and then put your full name

"A SENIOR CAPTONE PROJECT IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES" is typed approximately 3.5 inches below the name.

Triple-spaced below is the following (centered):

Environmental Studies Program
Skidmore College

Double-space and put the date in which the capstone project is completed.

Double-space and put the names of the capstone advisors and readers.

2. Abstract (required)

Remember this is a brief summary of the entire project (describes problem, methods, and principal findings).

Try to not exceed 150 words. Stay on one page.

Double-space the abstract.

The word "ABSTRACT" is typed in capital letters in the center at the top of the page.

The title of the capstone project should be typed in capital letters two single-spaced lines below the heading "ABSTRACT."

The word "By" is placed in the center of the page two single-spaced lines below the title.

The name of the student appears two single-spaced lines below the word "By."

The text of the abstract begins four single-spaced lines below the name.

3. Text Formatting

Use a 12 point Times New Roman font. Make it readable!

Double-space the abstract and the general text of the manuscript. Single-space long tables, long quotations, footnotes, captions, and bibliographic entries.

Use page numbers. Page 1 starts at the first page of the general text, but this generally does not have a page number or the page number can be centered at the bottom. Subsequent pages have a page number, which generally appears at the top right hand corner.

The first page of general text should have the title of the project, centered (and the same format as appears on the title page).

Margins are generally 1 inch on all sides. If you put the paper in a binder, you might want to have a left margin of 1.5 inches.

The references cited section is usually titled "References Cited" or "Work Cited." All references that appear in the text must be listed in the reference cited section, and all work in the references cited section should appear in the text. If you do not follow this standard, you should make it clear that your references are sources you "consulted." Be clear on giving credit for ideas and information you used from other sources.

4. Acknowledgements

The acknowledgements can be a good place to thank people and institutions that helped you carry out and complete the project.

5. Reminder

The abstract will appear on the ES web site and the ES capstone project will be available for faculty and students to use for further work on the topic. You may also want to submit the project as a writing sample. Please be as neat and accurate as possible with your projects.


This is what your title page should look like.



Fred Smith and Rita Metamaid


Environmental Studies Program
Skidmore College

May 1, 2008

Cathy Gibson, senior project advisor





Michael C. Ennis-McMillan and Karen A. Kellogg

This is a guide for preparation of the written environmental studies capstone projects. This guide provides a suggested format. You and your project advisors may want to use another format to present your work. Nevertheless, you are required to have a title page, abstract, page numbers, and a list of references cited in a standard citation style. Make sure to proofread the final copy. Check with me if you would like me to proofread the format before you submit a final copy.