When writing a paper using APA style, you must adhere to very specific style rules. These include:
See Ch. 2, "Manuscript Structure and Content," p. 21, Publication Manual of the American Pscyhological Association (6th ed,) for more detail. See sample papers starting on p. 41. Heading levels are discussed on p. 62.
It's easy to start your paper using the APA paper template in MS Word!
This Sample APA Paper for Students Interested in Learning APA Style 6th Edition is authored by Professor Jeffrey A. Kahn of Illinois State University.
This paper is a sample research paper and includes sections on Method, Participants, Research Design, Measures, Results, and Discussion.
This sample paper was written for Regis students by Carolyn Swidrak, librarian at Regis College, in January 2019.
This handout explains how to format the Running head on your paper using MS Word.
Short papers often do not require an abstract. Check your assignment or clarify with your professor if you have questions about whether an abstract is necessary.
An abstract is written after your paper is completed. It is typically one paragraph of 300 words or less that summarizes your paper and provides enough information so that the reader can decide whether it would be useful to read the rest of the paper. It includes the purpose of the study, the design of your study (methods), results or findings, and conclusions. In other words, an abstract describes what you set out to do, how you did it, your results, and your conclusions based on the results.
There are different abstract formats for different types of studies. These include empirical studies, literature reviews, theory-oriented papers, methodological papers, and case studies. Each of these is discussed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed.), on pp. 25- 27.
If you include an abstract, begin on a new page right after the title page. On the first line of the abstract page, center the word Abstract (do not bold, use italics, underlining, or quotation marks). Begin your abstract paragraph on the next line. Do not indent the paragraph.
You may want to use appendices in a long paper such as a term project or dissertation. Rules to keep in mind: