Running head: ABBREVIATED TITLE (50 CHARACTER MAX)
Your First and Last Name
Your Institution (Missouri State University)
Your abstract will go here. This is the only paragraph of your paper that will not be indented. The abstract is a brief summary of the paper, allowing readers to quickly review the main points and purpose of the paper. The abstract should be between 150-250 words. Abstracts are not always required but may be required per your instructor. Abbreviations and acronyms (AAA) used in the paper should be defined in the abstract.
Keywords: abbreviations and acronyms (AAA)
Full Title Will Go Here
This is where your introduction should go. The introduction presents the problem that the paper addresses. It typically does not extend more than a half page, but it may continue if the paper is longer or deals with a topic that needs a lot of explanation. The last sentence of this section will typically be your point sentence or thesis statement. See the OWL resources on introductions, located here.
Your literature review will go here. In this section, you will objectively evaluate your source articles. This means that you should provide a brief review of each article, including any studies the authors conducted and their results or findings. This will be a longer portion of your essay, depending upon the amount of resources you will be using. For basic tips on in-text citations, use Purdue OWL’s in-text citation guide.
In this section, you will discuss the articles; this discussion should include limitations of the studies and any other relevant information that has not yet been presented. Block quotes should be formatted as follows, according to the Purdue OWL website:
Place direct quotations that are 40 words, or longer, in a free-standing block of typewritten lines, and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, indented 1/2 inch from the left margin, i.e., in the same place you would begin a new paragraph. Type the entire quotation on the new margin, and indent the first line of any subsequent paragraph within the quotation 1/2 inch from the new margin. Maintain double-spacing throughout. The parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark. (p. ___)
Limitations of Studies
In this section, you will discuss the limitations of the studies, that is, any reasons your articles may not be completely valid or any flaws in the study. This can be broken down further, if necessary, into sub-categories through the use of Level 3 headings, as shown below.
First type of limitation. This is how you will differentiate the types of limitations, if your articles contained many of them.
Second type of limitation. Another sub-category. This will only be used if you need to create a distinction between the types of limitations in your sources.
Conclusion and Future Study
The conclusion restates the problem the paper addresses and can offer areas for further research. This will typically be one-half to a whole page of your essay. For a stronger conclusion, refer back to the information you presented in the introduction to interest the reader in your topic. See the OWL resource on conclusions.
Your references will go here. Take note that the first line is flush with the margins, but the following lines are indented. This is called a hanging indent. This is to help distinguish between the information for your first citation.
And the information from your second citation will start out flush with the margin again. To create a hanging indent, right-click in the text area and select “Paragraph”. Then, select “Hanging” from the Special box and set it for 0.5”.
For more help on writing in APA style, please refer to Purdue OWL’s sample APA paper or citation guide.