Apa Formal Research Paper

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Running head: APA Formal Research Paper Include a running header (a short title of your paper) only on the title page Type as: Running head: TITLE IN ALL CAPS All additional pages should just have the short title without the phrase Running head Center the title The long title of your paper should include the main idea and scope of your paper The title should be typed in 12 point Times font Do not bold, underline, or italicize the title How to Format a Formal Research Paper Using the APA Citation Style

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Jane Student State University

Center and double space your name and the name of your college, university, or institution

Education 432 Professor Haberdasher March 15, 2010

Center and double space the course title and number, the instructor, and the date

APA FORMAL RESEARCH PAPER Start your abstract on page 2 Abstract Center the word Abstract Some assignments will call for an abstract. An abstract is a summary of your paper. An abstract should be short and concise but include the topic of your paper, the main points you are writing about, and the conclusions you reach. Do not indent the 1st line of your Abstract It should be written in block format

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Include a brief sentence summary for all sections of your paper. An abstract is typically 150-250 words long.

APA FORMAL RESEARCH PAPER Center the full title at the beginning of the main body of the paper

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How to Format a Formal Research Paper Using the APA Citation Style After your title, begin your paper with your introduction. Do not use the

Your paper should: * be double spaced * have 1 inch margins * be typed in Times font * indent paragraphs ½ inch or 5-7 spaces Footnotes can be used to provide additional information Use a superscripted number and include a Footnotes section at the end of your paper

word Introduction as a heading. It is understood that the opening paragraph of your paper is your introduction. The APA suggests the following set up for an introduction: Introduce the problem, explore the importance of the problem, describe relevant scholarship, and explain your approach to solving the problem. This may vary depending on your assignment. Headings should After you write the introduction, you will develop the body of the paper. be boldfaced, centered, and all major words In a formal psychology paper documenting an experiment, the standard capitalized structure for an experiment is: Method, Results, Discussion. Each of these sections would use a heading to guide the reader through the paper. The paper ends with References, Footnotes, Appendices and Supplemental Materials1. Consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition for further guidelines. For Papers Other than Original Psychology Experiments If you are using the APA format to write a formal paper but are not writing up a psychology experiment, use descriptive headings to describe the Sub-headings should be left hand justified, boldfaced, and all major words capitalized The Body of your Paper

If you want to refer to a Footnote already listed in your paper type (see footnote #)

various sections of your paper. The paper ends with References. You can include Footnotes, Appendices, and Supplemental Materials if appropriate (see Footnote 1). The body of your paper will largely be determined by the assignment you are working on. Use your college writing center for help with

APA FORMAL RESEARCH PAPER

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developing the body of your paper after you have written your first rough draft. How to Cite Sources in Your Paper Any time you use outside research (newspapers, magazines, books, websites) you must cite your source. The APA requires you to include a brief citation in the body of your paper (called an in text citation). This gives your reader enough information to find the full citation located on your References page at the end of your paper. Consult an APA style guide to see the proper...
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