Basic apa research paper elements



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APA STYLE

BASIC APA RESEARCH PAPER ELEMENTS

GETTING STARTED GENERAL DOCUMENT FORMATTING

  • Setting up a Word document
    • Select Font/Font Size
    • 1” margins all around
      • Left justified with right ragged edge
    • Double spaced
      • All paper elements should be double spaced except in-text table/figure notation
      • Indent the first line of all paragraphs

TITLE PAGE ELEMENTS

BASIC APA ELEMENTS OF A RESEARCH PAPER

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Body of paper
    • In-text citations
      • Parenthetical    
      • Tables and figures
  • Conclusion
  • References
    • Reference page format
    • Order of source information for each resource
    • Order of all sources on reference page (alphabetized)
    • Hanging indent-5 spaces

HEADING LEVELS

QUOTATION RULES

  • Frame all quotes
  • Punctuation goes inside quotation marks
  • Block quotes:
    • Any quote longer than four lines of text (or at the professor’s discretion)
    • Indent each line of the quote
    • Omit quotation marks
    • Single space

EXTRAS

  • Following the professor’s specific instructions
  • Using the MS Word References tab or other formatting software
  • Whole numbers under 10 are spelled out while whole numbers over 10 are numerical.
  • Use full name of source the first time and then refer to source by last name in subsequent references
  • Article titles are not framed with quotation marks in the reference list
  • When there are more than three sources in a parenthetical citation, replace all but the first name with “et al.” after the first use of that citation
  • Do not cite Wikipedia…just don’t

WRITING CENTER INFORMATION

  • Fredericksburg Campus Writing Center
  • (540) 654-1036
  • Located in Trinkle 107A
  • Monday-Thursday 10-5 and Friday 10-3
  • Stafford Campus Writing Center
  • (540) 286-8109
  • Located in the lobby of the South Building
  • Monday-Thursday 4-8
  • *Handouts regarding APA Style guidelines and punctuation rules are available at both the Fredericksburg and Stafford Writing Centers

WHERE TO GO FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Sixth Edition of APA Publication Manual
    • Purchase highly recommended
  • Stafford Writing Center website
    • Stafford Writing Center website
  • Fredericksburg Writing Center website
    • Fredericksburg Writing Center website
  • APA website
    • APA website
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue Owl)
    • Purdue Owl


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