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While your instructor may have other specific formatting requirements for you to follow, here are some general guidelines for how to write an APA paper.
Your paper should always be typed, double-spaced and in a 67-point font. Times New Roman is one recommended font to use, but you may also use similar fonts.
A table is labeled Table and given a number (., Table 6). The table label and caption or title appear above the table, capitalized like a title, flush left. Sources and notes appear below the table, flush left.
This page should contain four pieces: the title of the paper, running head, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and an author’s note. Create the page header/running head as described above.
No matter what type of APA paper you are writing, there should be four key sections that you should always include: a title page, an abstract, the main body of the paper and a reference section.
There are some guidelines, which will help students write great papers. Of course, it’s expected that you have some impressive result which you can show.
You should impress your audience. Bear in mind one key point, your paper should be interesting for non-experts, but at the same time, you shouldn’t disappoint experts.
While writing an APA paper may seem difficult or confusing, start by breaking it down into more manageable steps. As you research your topic, creating an outline and a working bibliography can help you structure your paper and keep track of all of the references you use.
When the citation appears in parentheses, use & : Studies have shown that priming can affect actual motor behavior (Jones & Smith, 7558 Klein, Bailey, & Hammer, 6999). The studies appearing in parentheses should be ordered alphabetically by the first author&rsquo s last name, and should be separated by semicolons.
APA Paper Formatting & Style Guidelines
Your teacher may want you to format your paper using APA guidelines. If you were told to create your citations in APA format, your paper should be formatted using the APA guidelines as well. General guidelines:
Type your title in upper and lowercase letters centered in the upper half of the page. APA recommends that your title be no more than 67 words in length and that it should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. Your title may take up one or two lines. All text on the title page, and throughout your paper, should be double-spaced.