Because of its importance in developing thinking skills, research writing is a requirement for most undergraduate and graduate courses. It is also typically a part of the culminating phase of AUCA undergraduate and graduate work. Properly done, the writing in undergraduate and 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 AUCA, for all AUCA Faculties—Faculties of Business, Education, Information Management and Theology. It is intended as a guide for any written work connected with degree requirements, including term papers, research projects, theses, or dissertations. Departments of all AUCA Faculties 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. But any added or additional research requirement, which might be not in this research manual, should be made known to the Director of Research and Publication of AUCA.