Writing in American Psychological Association Format: An Informative Model for College Students Terri McLaughlin and Laurel Reinking Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Center the title of your paper, your name, and the name of your institution. Use uppercase and lowercase letters, and doublespace between lines.
Writing in APA Abstract Writing college papers using the American Psychological Association (APA) format
may be an anxiety-producing event for students unfamiliar with APA style requirements. Moreover, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed., APA, 2001) may be too complex to be used as a valuable resource in some rhetorical contexts. Using the Publication Manual, the APA website, and other sources on writing in APA style, the authors compiled this paper to explain APA style requirements for empirical research and review of literature college papers. Style requirements such as headers, format, language, in- text and reference citations, and appendixes are also included. This paper (revised October, 2001) will provide college students with a clear, concise, and accurate model to follow when writing in APA style.
The abstract should summarize the purpose and content of your paper in 120 words or less. Center “Abstract” at the top of the page; begin the abstract on a new page; use a single paragraph with no indentation.
Writing in APA Writing in American Psychological Association Format: An Informative Model for College Students Center the title at the top of the page. Use upper and lowercase letters. Double space between lines.
For a writer unaccustomed to the American Psychological Association (APA) format, writing a paper using that format can be an anxiety-producing event. In addition, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed., APA, 2001) may be too complex and confusing for the average student to use as a valuable resource. This paper was designed to help alleviate those anxieties by giving you a clear, concise, and accurate model to follow. Included in this model are the three most common types of papers used in APA style writing assignments--empirical research, review articles, and case studies--and various APA stylistic requirements and language preferences. This paper also provides models and descriptions of intext and reference page citations and appendixes. Recommendation The Publication Manual is intended to guide authors when preparing articles they plan to submit for publication. While many college professors may stipulate that assignments be written in APA style, they may have requirements that differ from the APA such as including personal communications on the reference page; therefore, we encourage students to ask their professors if they have any specific variations to APA style documentation. Empirical Research Empirical research papers include the introduction, method, results, and discussion of an author’s original research. According to the APA (2001), empirical research papers are chronologically arranged into the following sections:
Writing in APA • • Introduction to develop the problem and state the author’s purpose for research.
Method used to conduct the research written with sufficient detail so that others could replicate the research.
Results of the research. Discussion of the implications of the results for current theory. Review Articles A review article is a critical evaluation of previously published material. The abstract for review articles...