Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

How to Use the APA Format

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

The APA format is a style of writing a paper frequently used in the fields of psychology, social sciences, and education. It was first established in 1929 by the American Psychological Association as a set of guidelines to help writers structure their paper accordingly for uniformity, formality, and ease of reading. While the APA format rules are quite extensive, here is an overview of how to properly format your paper using the APA style:

· The entire document should have double spacing and have 1-inch margins on each side. Times New Roman is the recommended font with the font size set to either 10 or 12.

· Your paper should have a title page where you should place the running head, the title of the paper, your full name, and the institution you are affiliated with. The first line should contain the title, the second one contains the author's name, and the last one is the institution. All of these should be vertically and horizontally centered.

· Place a header in the title page containing the term "Running Head:" followed by the paper's title in capital letters.

· Every page of the document should have a header containing the title of the paper and the page number.

· The abstract is the section that follows the title page. It is the summary of your paper's content including the methods, research findings, and conclusions. It is recommended to be between 150 - 250 words in length.

· For the body paragraphs, the first line should always be indented. Also, there should be two spaces after each period.

· Always use in-text citations to provide documentation and avoid plagiarism. The citations should be in parenthesis and include the author's last name and the publication date. For example, if the work cited was by Nicholas Sparks and the date of publication was 2009, the in-text citation should be (Sparks, 2009). If the author's name is mentioned within the text, it is no longer necessary to include it within the parenthetical citation.

· The reference page should be where you will list all the details regarding the sources you cited. It should begin on a new page and have the title "References" at the center of the first line.

· The list of works cited should be in alphabetical order according to the author's last name. Details usually included in each source are the author's name, title of the article, publication date, and other publication details.

· If the listed source goes past the first line, a hanging indent should be used on the second line by pressing the TAB key.

· All the cited sources should appear both within the text as in-text citations and in the reference section.

For a more in-depth guide to using the APA format, you can check out the APA Publication Manual on their website. There are also tutorials and samples of the format found within. There are also numerous other websites that provide guides and examples for writers who are looking to learn more about using this format.

The author of this article has written several scientific papers using the APA format and some literary ones using the MLA format.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Apa Format

A speech is similar to an essay, except that a speech is meant to be spoken, while an essay is meant to be read. If you wish to write a great speech that will impress your audience till the end and

By: Denize Rodricks l Writing & Speaking > Writing l December 07, 2012 lViews: 254

The ability to writing great headlines hold the key to getting people to read your article or sales copy - whether you publish it online, send as email or even print it on a magazine. Learn how you

By: Prince John l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 10, 2012 lViews: 246

Unemployment rate in India has been one of the most terrible problems that it has been facing since its independence. Corruption and crime has increase manifold due to the unemployment factor.

By: Vaibhav P. Bhadange l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 10, 2012 lViews: 383

Four out of five adults say they have a book inside them. Only two percent actually write and publish their masterpiece. Talk is cheap. Just do it!

By: Ted Bowman l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 09, 2012 lViews: 217

You have wanted to see your book in print for years and now, thanks to self-publishing, you reached this goal. Now you must market your book, an uphill climb for any author, especially a new one.

By: Harriet Hodgson l Writing & Speaking > Book Marketing l July 08, 2012 lViews: 241

Choosing the right creative writing program could compensate for copywriting in businesses, although, it is a whole different course subject. By being successful in such a competitive industry you

By: Edward Joseph l Writing & Speaking > Creative Writing l July 06, 2012 lViews: 221

It's important to realise that for the French in particular the quality of the language is very important. In English quite often there is a casual attitude to the grammar used (how often do you hear

By: Natalie Eastaughl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 179

Technical Documents on line (TDOL) are used to support more than 10,000 Army Equipment Support Publications. As well as a considerable number for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, so that over

By: Natalie Eastaughl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl June 13, 2012 lViews: 186

While writing is for everybody, technical writing can only be done by the trained ones. People who can do different forms of technical writing, such as business and academic, can make productive use

By: April Dee Barredol Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl June 12, 2012 lViews: 174

In the early parts of the 1900's, the American Psychological Association created and established the now-called APA writing format. The APA format features a series of writing guidelines that writers

By: Marco Lastl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 26, 2012 lViews: 161

Writing good academic texts, e.g. articles for scientific journals or international conferences, is hard work. A part of that tedious work can made much easier if you receive help with the formatting

By: Kent Lofgrenl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 13, 2012 lViews: 189

Commas are confusing because they are used in many ways. However, the basic principle to using commas is simple: Use commas to separate clauses and phrases within sentences that have their own

By: David Bowmanl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 08, 2012 lViews: 204

The APA format is an essential part in any scientific paper. Unfortunately, using this format is not particularly easy especially when it comes to citing sources. Thus, many have resorted to using

By: Abigail Syl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 05, 2012 lViews: 172

Using the MLA style in writing papers is necessary in the fields of liberal arts and humanities. The Work Cited page is especially important because it provides documentation, lends credibility, and

By: Abigail Syl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 05, 2012 lViews: 213

Writing a research paper is never easy especially with the need to conform to the APA format when documenting sources. But with an APA citation generator, the work is certainly made less stressful.

By: Abigail Syl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 05, 2012 lViews: 140

Writing a MLA bibliography is important. It documents your sources, makes your paper more credible, and allows readers to learn more about the materials you used in your research.

By: Abigail Syl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl May 05, 2012 lViews: 184

There are several types of formats that one can use when writing a paper. Some examples are Chicago, Turabian, the APA format, and the MLA. For the fields of liberal arts and humanities, the most

By: Abigail Syl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl April 15, 2012 lViews: 180

If you find yourself feeling challenged by the different and sometimes quite difficult rules of the APA format, you start wondering the purpose of actually using such a format. While it may cause you

By: Abigail Syl Writing & Speaking > Technical Writingl April 15, 2012 lViews: 136

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus