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Insert Title Here - 12 Words or Less

Insert Names of Author(s) here - No titles or degrees

School or Work Affiliation

Author Note

May not be required for coursework -See APA Manual p. 24


Insert abstract text here - do not indent. Should be 150-200 words or as specified by the journal author requirements. A good abstract is one paragraph in length, accurate, self-contained, and concise & specific. It summarizes the paper and should report only on what is written in the manuscript. When writing for nursing journal publication refer to the author’s guidelines for the abstract required length. See pages 25-27 in the APA 6th edition manual for more information. Note: To use this template, simply click on the words between the double quotes “ ” and type. The double quotes and words will be replaced with your entry. Delete all of the other text and references except for pertinent section headings before writing your paper.

Key Words: Search terms for the topic of the paper separated by commas

NOTE: Instructions for allowing your word processor to perform many of these functions can be found on this chapter’s Web page. For example

Creating a forced new page – that will not change position when you edit.

Creating a hanging paragraph

Creating a header that has BOTH a running head and a page number.
Use the word processor – exert your effort on your writing!
Title of Paper

Insert introductory text here - indent all paragraphsDelete the following text which is just a guide: The introduction should clearly state the purpose of the paper and serves as a “roadmap” in guiding the reader to understand the organization of the paper. The introduction is similar to the abstract. A common error that novice writers make is to assume that the abstract is a substitution for the introduction. Another common error is to use the word “Introduction” instead of the title of the paper. The purpose of this paper is to provide a quick overview about APA 6th edition and to demonstrate the use of this template file. Be sure to save this file as a “template” file format so that you can reuse it.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is a recommended textbook for nursing courses. Having a personal copy of the book is the only way to assure your success. There were errors in the first 2009 printing of the APA 6th edition manual (American Psychological Association, n.d.). This template was prepared using the January 2011, fifth printing of the 6th edition. If you are unable to access a copy of the most recent printing, go to the library and make sure that you make copies of selected pages to assist you in effective formatting.

Save your pretty fonts and colors for another use, APA is about function, not beauty. It is certainly appropriate to use graphics and tables when indicated. All margins should all be 1 inches, font should be Times New Roman, size 12. The paper should be double-spaced with the exception of tables and figures. See page 229 in the APA 6th edition manual for more information on formatting the paper. There should be two spaces after punctuation marks in a sentence (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 88). When paraphrasing information in another resource it is appropriate to include a page number (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 171).

The title page, abstract, body of the paper, and the references should be on separate pages. The APA web site ( ) has a Flash presentation that details the formatting requirements for the most recent printing of the book. See pages 27-28 in the APA 6th edition manual for more information.

The references cited within the body of the paper are included in the last section, References. The word “References” should not be in bold face. All references should be formatted using the paragraph hanging indentation style (From the ribbon menu in Word, select Home > Paragraph > Indents and Spacing > Indentation > Special > Hanging).

Use of a digital object identifier (DOI) is new to the APA 6th edition manual. When available, it should be used for both print and electronic journal articles. If it is not noted in the digital library metadata, check CrossRef at The DOI begins with the number 10 and includes a forward slash to separate the prefix and suffix digits. An example is doi: 10.XXX/XXXXXXX. If the journal article was retrieved electronically from a digital library, but a DOI is not available, the URL of the journal home page should be noted (American Psychological Association, 2009, p. 199). Do not include the digital library database information, such as, EBSCO or OVID (American Psychological Association, 2009, p. 192).

Insert Level 1 Heading Here -Title Case - Bold Type Face

Insert body text here Levels of paragraph heading are an important aspect of APA style. Heading levels are analogous to the outline of your paper. Short papers (1-2 pages) usually require only one heading. Longer papers (5 or more pages) usually require 2-3 levels of headers. Method, Results, and Discussion are examples of the level 1 heading for research papers. Summary and Conclusion are examples for other types of papers. Subheadings help can assist the reader to understand the flow of the information.

APA recognizes five levels of section headings (American Psychological Association, 2010). The first level heading should be centered, formatted in bold and in title case. Title case means that the first letter of each word is capitalized. Most college course papers, with the exception of theses and dissertations may need only three levels of heading. See pages 62-63 in the APA 6th edition manual for more information on section headings. The formatting of the levels depends on how many levels the paper has.

Insert Level 2 Heading Here
The second heading should be flush left and formatted in bold and in title case. Participants, Materials and Procedure are examples of level 2 heading for research papers. See page 63 in the APA 6th edition manual for additional information.

Insert level 3 heading here. The third heading should in bold font and be indented as a sentence lead-in. It should be formatted using italics and in sentence case. Sentence case means that the first letter of the first word is capitalized, the rest of the words are in lower case and it ends with a period. Since most of your papers will not require use of all 5 APA headings, if you need a 4th and 5th heading, refer to the APA manual for guidance.


This template has summarized a few of the key formatting factors associated with the latest printing of the APA 6th edition manual. It included information about the title page, abstract, paper section headings, citations, and the references. The most important lesson learned is to follow APA 6th edition manual textbook directions. The most reliable way to do that is to have a copy of the citation manual.


Insert Reference List here See the example below – replace the examples with your references. References should be in alphabetical order by first author/organization’s name. Note only references that were cited in the paper.

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Reprint corrections, Publication of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Retrieved from

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