Sample APA Paper for Students

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RUNNING HEAD: Yes, it will say, “Running head: . . . .”, but only on the first page. Use an abbreviated form of the title (not exceeding 50 characters, which will include spaces). The abbreviated title is in capital letters. This will appear in the top left corner of every page PAGE NUMBERS: A page number will appear on every page in the top right corner of every page.


All elements in the dotted boxes are not visible on your final paper.

Essay title. Try to keep it under 12 words in length and avoid using abbreviations.

Sample APA Paper for Students Learning APA Style Your Name The Name of the Course This information is centered (left to right), double spaced, and can start in the upper half of the page. On the title page, as well as the entire paper, use font Times New Roman size 12. Double space your paper

1 in. Margin.

Your Instructor’s Name The Date

1 in. Margin.

Revised Jan 2010

1 in. Margin.

SAMPLE APA PAPER FOR STUDENTS Sample APA Paper for Students Learning APA Style Essay’s title.


For this class, an abstract (a summary of your whole paper) is NOT required for any papers. If you were required to have an abstract, you would add it before this part of your paper, and the abstract would be your second page.

The first part of your paper is the introduction. Head this section with the title of your paper; do not use the heading Introduction. This part of your paper should grab your reader’s attention, develops the background, and states the purpose and rationale of the paper, and answers the question, “What is the point of this paper?” At the end of your introduction include a sentence stating the purpose of your research (your thesis statement). While some instructors may have different requirements, in this class, do not use “I” in you introduction. Section 2.05 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Publication Manual) will give you more information on writing your introduction. The Body of Your Paper Level 1 heading example

The middle part of your paper is where you make the main points of your argument. The points you want to make may be clear to you, but that is not always the case for the reader. Paragraphs and headings work together to help you get your ideas across to the reader as clearly as possible (Audi, 1999). Paragraphs Level 2 heading example

Paragraphs help you change from one idea to another in your paper. Aim to make one point or present one piece of information in each paragraph. A good writing rule is to state the point you want to make in the first sentence, or the main fact you need to present, and then use the rest of the sentences to explain that point by backing up the first sentence with additional sentences that support the first sentence. It is recommended that you “break the document into short . . . paragraphs to make it easier to read” (Kennedy, 2004, p. 23). However, always make sure each paragraph has at least 3 sentences.

Level 2 heading.


Headings organize the hierarchy of ideas in your paper. By employing headings, you give your reader visual cues about the importance of the information that is to follow. Headings can be especially useful when explaining processes step-by-step. You can have one or more levels of headings in your paper; all ideas of equal importance will have the same level of heading. If you have not used paragraph headings before, put them all at the first level. Usually that is sufficient for papers required in my courses. Basic APA Format Level 1 heading.

Your APA paper should: (a) be double-spaced on every page; (b) have 1 inch wide margins on all four sides—top, bottom, left, and right; (c) have one space after each comma, semicolon, and colon; (d) two spaces after sentence periods; and (e) have headings if it is more than a few pages in length. Citing Your Sources A major component...
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