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Thesis, major paper, and major project proposals

Learn more about the typical elements of a thesis, major paper, or major project proposal.

Proposal references

As in any other scholarly work, proposals also include a list of references. References show where readers can find the resources cited in the body text. The standard style guide for Royal Roads is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and depending when you started your RRU program, you'll use the sixth or seventh edition.

The RRU Writing Centre has extensive APA Style resources (see below in Resources), and if you're a RRU student, please contact us via the WriteAnswers contact form if you have any APA Style questions.


APA Style (7th ed.)

  • Extensive resources on APA Style (7th ed.), including the APA Style (7th ed.) Help Guide, checklists, sample papers, and much more.

APA Style Blog

  • Posts by APA Style Experts from the American Psychological Association on a variety of APA Style (7th ed.) topics, including references.

Legal Citation

  • Information on using the rules of the McGill Law Journal's Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, which is also referred to as the McGill Guide.


  • RRU Writing Centre's searchable knowledge base with extensive APA Style FAQs; also a contact point for RRU students to send questions to the Writing Centre.

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