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**Updated** Online Writing Lab The Basics: APA (6 th Edition) Guidelines What is APA? APA stands for American Psychological Association, and is a documentation style. Basically, APA affects the following components of your essay: 1. Style/manuscript format 2. Quoting and In-text citations 3. Reference page We will go over each of these components by briefly explaining the guidelines to follow, as well as offering several examples. If you are still confused, don’t worry! Additionally, we encourage you to have a copy of the textbook, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6 th Edition (2010) (available through MBS Direct, ISBN 10-43380561-8). You may also download and save a copy of the APA 6 th Edition PowerPoint presentation located in Doc Sharing of the SUO APA Online Writing Lab. And, as always, your APA tutor will answer any questions that arise. Why Does SUO use APA? Though MLA style is preferred for English courses, this course is designed to prepare you for other courses at South University Online, which predominately use the APA style. APA is used to document secondary sources used in your work. To avoid plagiarism, you must clearly indicate information you have incorporated into your paper from newspapers, magazines, books, web sites, etc.
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Whether you are writing answers for your discussion questions, working on the longer papers for the course, or compiling information for a research project, you are going to be working with the thoughts and words of other people. Therefore, it is necessary for you to avoid quoting these authors all the time. Instead, you should critically read what they have written and then paraphrase their words using proper documentation. Formatting: The Essay (Section 8.03) Margins at least one inch [2.54cm] at top, bottom, left, right. Place page numbers in upper right corner using the “Insert” feature (See instructions below.) Indent first lines of new paragraphs 1/2 inch Space ONCE after the periods of the initials in an author’s name (e.g. J.R. Zhang) Space TWICE after the punctuation marks in a sentence. Italicize book titles, periodicals, microfilms, new, technical, or keywords Use size 12, Times New Roman typeface Formatting: The Title Page Running head (See instructions below on using the Header function in Word 07.) Page header Essay title (byline may be optional) with the following in this order: 1. Student Name 2. Name of Course 3. Date 4. Instructor 5. Name of College
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Using the “Header” Function in Word (2007) Step 1:
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