APA Sample Paper The following six pages form a sample paper based on the APA template available through the JCHS Learning and Writing Center. Reading the essay will teach you about the basic elements of APA, and the callouts provide additional information relevant to the indicated section.
Notice the format of the title page, abstract, body, and references. Also, pay special attention to headings (e.g., “Abstract”) and headers (e.g., “Running head: APA SAMPLE”). Finally, notice how material from outside sources is used (e.g., direct quotations, paraphrases, summaries).
Every paper is different, so you’ll need to apply what you learn here to your specific situation.
Begin your abstract here. Do not indent the first line. The abstract is a comprehensive, concise summary of your paper’s content. It is double-spaced. Not all instructors require you to include an abstract. APA 5th edition asked to make the abstract 120 words or less. APA 6th edition does not specify, but instead instructs authors not to exceed the abstract word limit of the journal or publication to which they are submitting. Usually, this word limit varies from 150 to 250 words according to APA. To be safe, ask your instructor or stick with the old rule of 120 words.
Begin your paper here. Indent the first lines of paragraphs, double-space your entire paper, and place no extra spaces between paragraphs. Include in-text citations to credit authors whose “ideas, theories, or research have directly influenced your work” (American Psychological Association [APA], 2010, p. 169). This sample essay highlights a few key aspects of APA formatting for a standard academic essay with source material.