Because of its importance in developing thinking skills, research writing is a requirement for most graduate courses. It is also typically a part of the culminating phase of graduate work. Properly done, the writing in graduate school requires thinking, organizing and evaluating information, synthesizing ideas, and original thought from the writer. It also requires a knowledge of referencing and formatting techniques that make the work more understandable to other researchers.


Since every institution has its own research traditions and practices, each school has its own guidelines that detail how research should be designed, conducted, approved, formatted, and edited. This manual documents the research procedures and format rules at AIIAS, for both the Seminary and the Graduate School. It is intended as a guide for any written work connected with degree requirements, including term papers, research projects, theses, or dissertations. Departments of the Seminary and the Graduate School may have additional requirements or may specify requirements in greater detail. Students should ask their program director and/or research advisor concerning any additional departmental requirements that may apply. 

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