When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use. APA American Psychological Association style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.
When your professor requests that you write your paper according to APA style the official style of the American Psychological Associationyou will need to follow several formatting rules that will make your paper more coherent and easier to read.
While many of these rules seem basic across all types of writing, APA style does have a handful of specific and unique rules that you must obey. As a former English teacher for high school students, I offer you this checklist of 15 rules to refer back to when you need help on formatting a particular element in your paper.
It does not matter the type of academic paper that you are writing—a research paper, thesis paper, term paper or dissertation—APA style format remains the same.
My advice applies to the latest edition of APA style which is the 6th edition. You should do most of the pre-formatting for margins, typeface and size, and page numbering before you write the first sentence.
It's now recommended that you use two spaces after a period that ends a sentence instead one space because two spaces enhance the readability of the paper. If you have a habit of spacing only after a period that ends a sentence, you can use your word processor's "Find and Replace" function to change all instances to two spaces.
Example of two spaces after a period. Times New Roman is a standard font installed on all computers. You have no reason to use a different font. All text in the paper should use this font and type size.
For high school students: Never use a size above 12 pt for Times New Roman to make your paper appear longer than it truly is.
Times New Roman looks like this Times New Roman font - Use 12 pt. Instead, APA style uses in-text citations and a Reference page.
Example of In-Text Citations Example of in-text citations in body of main text of paper. Example of References page All in-text citations will appear on a separate References page at the end of your paper.
Think of it as an alphabetized "endnotes page. You do not bold-face the word References. It should be plain text.
I have created a separate Hub to show you how to format a References page in APA styleshould you need assistance.Click "Create title page" button. Cut and paste the title page into your paper. Running Head The Running Head is an abbreviated title of your paper in 50 characters or less in all caps.
Using the APA Format for a Research Paper: a Title Page Sample. The guidelines issued by the American Psychological Association (APA) are meant to unify all research (empirical and literature review) papers in the social sciences, a realm of science that studies various aspects of human life and activities.
Structuring an APA Style Research Paper The American Psychological Association (APA) offers a set of guidelines about how to cite sources in text and how to organize papers.
This handout summarizes the recommendations the APA makes about how to organize research papers. A research paper written in APA style should be organized into sections and subsections using the five levels of APA headings.
APA recommends using subheadings only when the paper has at least two subsections within a larger section. title of your paper in all caps. Next, insert an automatic page number by choosing the Insert Page Number button on the Header and Footer toolbar.
The shortened title in an APA paper should be no more than 50 characters, including spaces.
Title: Microsoft Word - APA Sample Paper 6th Ed . How to Choose a Title for Your Research Paper You’ve written the paper, 15 perfectly proofread pages of sound arguments supporting an original thesis, complete with a formatted bibliography.
The only thing left is the title page, and you’re stumped.