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APA style manuscript 1 Running head: APA STYLE MANUSCRIPT Example of an APA-style manuscript for Research Methods in Psychology William Revelle Department of Psychology Northwestern University William Revelle Department of Psychology Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois 60201 e-mail: [email protected]
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APA style manuscript 2 Abstract This is an example of a minimal “manuscript” using the L A T E X apa.cls document class to typeset manuscripts according to the Americal Psychological Association (APA) manual, fifth edition. It also takes advantage of the L A T E X apa.cite class. It is modified only slightly from a superb example by Athanassios Protopapas. The abstract should convey five points: 1) why is the problem interesting, 2) what you did, 3) who were the participants, 4) what you found, and 5) what does it mean? All this and be less than 100 words!
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APA style manuscript 3 Example of an APA-style manuscript for Research Methods in Psychology Writing an APA style paper is an exercise in frustration for most undergraduates taking Research Methods. Besides learning a new language to describe research and how to write in a ‘scientific’ rather than a ‘literary’ style, they also are expected to master a very rigid style of formatting the manuscript. This example article is meant to show three concepts: 1) What an APA paper looks like, 2) How and why to format it in L A T E X, and 3) How to include references using BibT E X. Those who do not want to learn L A T E X, should just look at the format of the paper and the references. For those who want to master the intricacies of an elegant type setting language, you should examine the associated folder available on the class syllabus ( http://personality-project.org/revelle/syllabi/205/apa.style.html ). There you will find three versions of this document: 1) the ‘manuscript’ or how you should submit a paper, 2) a ‘published’ version of the paper, or what it would look like in a journal, and 3) an alternative ‘published’ version, or what it would look like in a book. You will also find links to download L A T E Xas well as to the apa document class developed by Protopapas (2005). This example is adapted and extended from the example written by Protopapas (2005). Your paper should basically follow an hour-glass design. A broad beginning and ending with a much narrower methods and results section. The beginning should capture the reader’s attention and the conclusion should leave them seeing the broad implications of your study. Following the hour glass metaphor, your first few paragraphs should be broad enough that someone who knows nothing about the problem will become interested and want to learn more. These first two paragraphs are vital, for if the reader looks at them and is not excited, the rest of the paper will not be read. The next few paragraphs are
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APA style manuscript 4 aimed at the reader who already knows something about the research area and wants to know why this particular paper is worth reading.
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