How to Draft an Apa Style Paper

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The American Psychological Association, or APA is a style of writing that was first constructed and published by a group of psychologists, anthropologists, and business managers in 1929. (APA , 2009) It has since evolved into a well-known manual used by scholars, editors, and students partaking in collegiate courses as a guide to producing and referencing scholarly written papers. Depending on the guidelines for each paper, the formatting may be slightly different. Overall, each paper should contain these four sections: the title page, an abstract, the main body of the paper, and a reference page. Title Page

When composing an APA style paper, a certain format must be used. The paper must be typed using 12 point Times New Roman font, and be double-spaced. It must also have one-inch margins on all sides, as well as two spaces following punctuations. A running header along with page numbers should be included on all pages. The running header should be the title of the paper and be completely capitalized. The first page in an APA style paper is the title page. This page contains the title of the paper, the author’s name, and the institutional affiliation. (OWL , 2012)The title of an APA style paper should consist of both upper and lowercase letters and be centered in the upper half of the page. (OWL, 2012) The Purdue OWL recommends that a title should be no more than 12 words in length and it should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. (OWL, 2012) Directly beneath the title should be the author’s full name. The proper format would be the first name, middle initial, then last name. Beneath the author’s name should be the institutional affiliation, or location where the research for the paper was gathered.

The second page of the manuscript should contain the abstract. The very top of the page should have the running header as well as the corresponding page number. On the first line of this page, the word “Abstract”...
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