PSYC1010-09 (insert your specific course information here)
An abstract is a single concise paragraph that provides an objective overview of the paper (similar to the brief summation that you read on the back of a book). An abstract is NOT indented and is to be 150 to 250 words. Abstracts may not be required for all papers, so students should check with their instructors to verify if this is needed.
The Full and Complete Title of Your Paper Goes Here (Use the Exact Wording as on the Title Page) – this should be CENTERED
The content of your paper goes here. Whenever you reference ANYTHING from another source make certain to cite that source within the context of your paper. If someone else’s writing has influenced your work, you MUST give credit to that source. This is true if you are paraphrasing (putting the information in your own words) or directly quoting another source. APA format utilizes an author-date (date refers to the year of publication) format for citation. When in doubt, cite, cite, CITE! The correct in-text citation format is last name(s) of author, publication year and then page number (page number is REQUIRED for direct quotes and can also be included for any reference notation that is not a direct quote). Thus, for the current Introduction to Psychology textbook being used at North Central State College, the correct APA in-text citation would be (Zimbardo, Johnson & McCann, 2013). If you need to indicate the page number, this would be the correct format (Zimbardo, Johnson & McCann, 2013, p. 281).
After a student has cited a source within the context of his/her paper, then the in-text citation for a reference with three to five authors should be noted as follows; again the current introduction to psychology textbook is being used as an example (Zimbardo et al., 2013). A direct quote would still require page number information (Zimbardo et al., 2013, p. 313). If you are using a source that happens to have six or more authors, indicate the last name of the primary author followed by “et al.”. Thus, it would appear as follows (Sanders, et al., 2011). For a source that has two authors, always use the names of both authors in your in text citation. For instance, the current child psychology textbook would be cited as follows throughout the entire paper (Boyd & Bee, 2012). The same rules would apply for providing a page number for a direct quote within your paper (Boyd & Bee, 2012, p. 111).
Boyd, D. & Bee, H. (2012). The developing child (13th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:
Sanders, A. B., Harrison, C. D., Davis, E. F., Jacobs, G. H., Wyatts, I. J., & Collins, K.M.
(2011). This is a fictitious source just for the sake of demonstration.
Zimbardo, P. G., Johnson, R. L., & McCann, V. (2013). Psychology: Core concepts (7th ed.).