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Note: Per APA 6th edition, the header on the cover page is different from the rest of the paper. How one does this is go into page layout and page setup. In the bottom right corner is a box with an arrow. If the arrow is clicked, a box with page setup options appears. Under layout is the box to check to make a “different first page.” The cover page header includes the words Running head: and the header the student creates, in all capital letters. The rest of the paper just has the header without the words Running head and the colon. The header is flush left but the page numbers are flush right. Make sure the font is the same as the rest of the paper. These instructions are for Word XP.

The Dancing Fox: A Sample Paper in APA (6th Edition) Style Dorothy Louis Human Resource Management 310, Cohort 33 Professor Joanne A. Brown April 29, 2010

Note: In APA style, center the following information in the middle of the page: title, your name, course title and section, the instructor’s name, and the date. APA only requires the title, author’s name, and institutional affiliation, but most CSP instructors ask for the date and course information too. Do not use contractions in formal papers—either in the title or the body of the paper (“do not” rather than “don’t”). Titles should include no more than 12 words. The title uses upper and lowercase letters. Use double-spacing throughout the entire paper except with charts or tables. Do not use any extra spacing except if you use page breaks between chapters (for very long papers) and between the paper and the reference section. Use Times Roman, 12 point font. Do not use bold except for headings. Margins are set for one inch on top, bottom, and sides. Note: This paper reflects the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (last updated 4-13-10)

DANCING FOX The Dancing Fox: A Sample Paper in APA Style


This sample paper will lay out some guidelines for papers in the American Psychological Association (APA) style. By default, most academic papers are written in third person, but for this sample I am writing in first person. Avoid writing I or we (first-person point of view) and you (second-person point of view) in academic papers. Per APA, words written as words are italicized (like I, we, and you in the sentence above). All of the paper is double-spaced, aligned left, and in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Margins are one inch. Two spaces after punctuation marks at the end of a sentence is (only) recommended (American Psychological Association [APA], 2010, p. 88). The title is centered, double-spaced, and not bold. Each new paragraph is indented half an inch. Unless requested by your instructor, do not use a heading titled “Introduction” (APA, 2010, p. 63). Spell out acronyms the first time you mention them, such as APA for American Psychological Association. If you spelled it out in the body of the paper, however, you still need to spell it out the first time you include it in an in-text citation. Note that the acronym in the parenthetical citation is placed inside brackets. Headings Capitalize First Letters Here is my second paragraph. It is the beginning of a section with a heading. This sample paper only uses one level of headings, so each heading is centered and in bold. See the handout on APA heading levels (available on the Writing Center website) if employing more than one level. Do not capitalize articles (a, an, the) in headings unless they begin a title or follow a colon. Avoid contractions. Capitalize each main word in headings, including hyphenated compound words. A Fox Jack-in-the-Box, Six-Year Study on Foxes, and SelfConsciousness of a Vixen are examples of headings with compound words (FitzPatrick & Whalen, 1999, pp. 101-102). Use p. for one page and pp. for more than one.



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