Example of a Research Paper

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An abstract is a statement summarizing the important points of a paper. Typically they are used for long research papers. An acceptable length for an abstract is between 150 and 250 words. The text should be double-spaced, the font should be Times New Roman and the margins should be 1 inch. Most classes do not require an abstract. If you are not required an abstract, simply delete this page.

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The following is just an example of an APA 6th edition paper. The text will not always make much sense. Please remember that your paper should be in twelve point font, Times New Roman. There should be two spaces following end punctuation, such as the period. The following sentence is an example of parenthetical citation. “When diagnosing autism, doctors gage nonverbal behaviors, such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures and gestures, to regulate social interactions” (Caldwell, 2009, para. 3). Next is a sentence that comes from the same source. Caldwell (2009) also points out that autism disorders span a very wide spectrum (para. 5). Now a sentence coming from a specific page is cited. This could lead to the non-autistic children becoming attention seekers or worse, developing some sort of psychological disorders (Schwartz, 1993, p. 10). Please note that the page number is indicated with a lower case p followed by a period and the page number. For citations coming from an electronic source without pagination, use the abbreviation for paragraph (para) and the number of the paragraph. You may not need headings, but if so, they should look like the headings below. Heading 1 (Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lower Case Heading) There are several levels of headings listed in the 6th edition APA manual. For a complete listing, please refer to page 62 of the manual. For the...
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