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Unformatted text preview: 1 APA STYLE HELP SHEET P UBLICATION M ANUAL OF THE A MERICAN P SYCHOLOGICAL A SSOCIATION 5 TH E DITION The following is a guide to the APA Style and is not intended to replace the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , 5th edition. For complete details about APA style and format, consult the actual publication, available in the Reference Room at E. H. Butler Library. The call number is Ref BF 76.7 P83 2001. Please ask a Reference Librarian for assistance. WHAT IS APA STYLE? Any time another persons material is used in a research paper, the source must be given proper credit; otherwise, plagiarism is committed. APA style refers to a specific way sources must be documented as determined by the American Psychological Association. The uniformity and consistency of APA style ensure clear communication between the reader and the writer. There are two distinctive parts to APA style - References in Text or citations to borrowed material, and the References section or bibliography, which is the last page of a research paper or manuscript. Research papers and manuscripts using APA style must contain both parts. WHAT IS THE APA FORMAT FOR RESEARCH PAPERS? The format described in this handout is for the production of a paper or manuscript that meets the American Psychological Associations requirements for peer-review and publication. However, professors may require a slightly different format. See the Publication Manual of the APA , beginning on page 283, for more information about manuscript preparation. Title Page- separate page, numbered 1. The title should summarize the main idea of the paper and should be approximately 10-12 words in length. Capitalize the first letter of important words in the title. Include the authors name (first name, middle initial, last name) and institutional affiliation. Abstract- separate page, numbered 2. The abstract, if required, should be a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of the paper/manuscript. Text- start on a separate page, numbered 3. Double-space after every line in the text including title page, headings, quotations, references, etc. Indent the first line of every paragraph 5-7 spaces or one tab stop on your word processor. Number the manuscript pages beginning with the title page. The numbers should appear in the upper right-hand corner and should appear at least one inch from the right-hand edge between the top edge of the paper and the first line of text. References- start on a new page after the end of the text. Type the word References in upper and lowercase letters, centered at the top of the page. The References section should include only those references cited in the body of your paper. It must be in one list, (books, periodicals, Web sites, etc....
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