APA or American Psychological Association style is most widely used to cite sources in the social sciences. This style is a set of rules that ensure universality in style and form. Improving APA style is important because it helps readers to focus on the content rather than the way the content is presented.
We provide some paper templates for you if you are new to this style.
Put the pages in the order we are offering:
Title page (page 1)
Abstract (page 2)
Beginning of the text (page 3)
References begin on a new page after the last page of text
On a new page after the References appears the page number
On a new page after the Tables begins each figure
On a new page begins each appendix.
Running head: SHORT TITLE OF PAPER ALL CAPS (SHORTENED TO FEWER THAN 50 CHARACTERS)
It is a short and clear description of the most important elements of the paper. As many key words as possible should be used in the abstract. The length of the text should be limited to 960 characters. Use 100 to 120 words to state the problem, participants, method, findings, and conclusions for a review or theoretical article. Write 75 to 100 words describing the article’s topic, thesis, scope, sources, and conclusions for a theoretical or review article. All abbreviations and unique terms must be defined. All numbers used in the abstract, except those which begin a sentence, should be typed as digits rather than words.
The Title Goes Here
You should begin the paper with the introduction. The active voice should be used in your writing, rather than passive voice.
Your paper should be formatted according to APA Style guidelines, with one inch top, bottom, left, and right margins; double-spaced; aligned flush left; Times New Roman font in 12 point; and paragraphs indented 5-7 spaces. One inch from the right edge on the first line of each page (not including the Figures page) appears the page number.
Follow the author-date method of in-text citation when you use APA format. This means that the author’s last name, the year of publication of this source should be written in the text, for example, (Brown, 2007). A complete reference should be stated in the reference list at the end of the paper.
If you are referring to an idea from another work but NOT directly quoting the material, or making reference to an entire book, article or other work, you should make reference to the author and year of publication but not the page number in your in-text reference. All sources which are cited in the paper must appear in the reference list on the last pages of the paper.
The aim of a reference list is to help your readers find the sources you used. That’s why, this list should be as accurate as possible. References should be put in order by the author’s surname or if more than one author is stated by the first author’s surname.
Double-space the whole reference list.
References contain the following elements:
title of the work
Brown, J. Q. (2007, 12 August). Title of an article. Title of a Magazine, 113, 45.