When writing a paper using APA style, you must adhere to very specific style rules. These include:
Use the below templates to get started with formatting your papers in APA in Word. Make sure to check with your professor if you should be using the professional or student versions!
APA has sample papers available on page 50 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed.
Be sure to check with your professor on which format version to use, since the format for professional papers (those submitted to a journal) is different than the student format.
Student papers typically do not require an abstract (see p. 30 APA 7th manual). 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 (the second page). On the first line of the abstract page, center and bold the word Abstract (do not 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: