Title Page/ Format
Type the paper’s title in the center of the page, a third of the way down. Beneath the title, type your first name, middle initial (if desired), and last name. Add a new line for every additional author. Beneath your name, type the institutional affiliation (for most of us: Wheaton College).
For the title page and every page following, including the references page, include a page header that contains the page number—flush right—and the title of the paper in all caps—flush left. The entire paper should be double-spaced with one inch margins and no paragraph indentations. Abstract
Include an abstract if you are a writing a primary research paper or a lengthy secondary research paper. After the title page, include an abstract. An abstract is a comprehensive summary of your research paper. In addition to being readable, well organized, brief, and self-contained, the abstract must also be dense with information. For example, do not write: “This paper will look at the increase in gangs in Chicago and will present methods for effectively dealing with this increase.” Instead, describe the results you found, and the methods used to obtain those results.
Here are some guidelines for writing effective APA abstracts:
Write your abstract last, after you have written the paper. The abstract is 150-250 words and double-spaced, with no indentations Use only your own words and do not cite any outside sources. (Definition and Guidelines for writing abstracts are copied from University of Houston web page http://www.rpi.edu/dept/llc/writecenter/web/abstracts.html.)
For a work by one author, type both the author’s last name and year of publication between parentheses.
When writing first drafts, writers should not worry about style or form (LaMott, 1994). If the author’s name is mentioned in the narrative, include the year of publication in parentheses immediately after the name. Also, when using a direct quote, cite the page...
Citations: When writing first drafts, writers should not worry about style or form (LaMott, 1994).
LaMott (1994) states, “Good writing is about telling the truth” (p. 3).
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