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01.25.08: APA style research paper Communication in science o Communication of findings is: Important!! Without it.. there is no evidence and its illegal Permits replication and verification APA writing style makes communication easier Communication can be formal or informal What is APA? o American psychological association apa.org APA has established a style that it uses to publish books and journals Basics of APA style o Title page Title, author, name o Abstract Brief summary of paper o Introduction o Method Participants Materials Introduction Method Participants Materials
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Procedure Results Discussion References Appendix Includes extensive Formatting the title page o Page header 2-3 words Page # o Running head Key words from title No more then Flush to margin Margin is 1 in All caps Left o Title 10-12 words Centered Summarizes the main idea of paper “the effects of IV on DV” Double spacing o Author’s name and the institutional affiliates Your name and UGA
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Introduction o Important! o Contains: History and background Previous research How proposed research builds on past research Why study is important Research question, hypothesis, and predictions o Structure: 5 paragraph structure Introduction Definitions of key terms Supporting research o Can have more than 1 paragraph Tie-in past research to rationale for your study o Explain why you are doing this research Hypotheses: specify what you expect to find Can have more than 5 paragraphs, but must have at least 5 ***must have all components in correct sequence*** o Common mistakes: Don’t use 1 st person USE 3 rd Don’t use “maybe” or “perhaps” USE Potential Don’t use everyday spoken language
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Don’t generalize believe “everybody knows” or “I guess” Don’t use magazine/newspaper articles USE professional journals and books o Peer reviewed only Don’t use citations Cite appropriate citations Give citations you Citations o
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