Purdue+OWL+APA (2)

Purdue+OWL+APA (2) - APA Formatting and Style Guide What is...

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APA Formatting and Style Guide
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What is APA? APA (American Psychological Association) is the most commonly used format for manuscripts in the Social Sciences.
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What does APA regulate? APA regulates: Stylistics In-text citations References (a list of all sources used in the paper)
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APA stylistics: Basics the third person point of view rather than using the first person point of view or the passive voice; e.g., The study showed that…, NOT I found out that…. the active voice rather than passive voice; e.g., The participants responded…, NOT The participants have been asked…. Use: Point of view and voice in an APA paper
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clear: be specific in descriptions and explanations concise: condense information when you can plain: use simple, descriptive adjectives and minimize the figurative language Language in an APA paper is: APA stylistics: Language
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Types of APA Papers the literature review --i.e. the summary of what the scientific literature says about the topic of your research– includes title page, introduction, list of references the experimental report --i.e. the description of your experimental research-- includes title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, references, appendices, tables & figures
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Types of APA Papers follow the general format consult the instructor consult Publication Manual If your paper fits neither of the categories above,
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General Format be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5”x11”) with 1” margins on all sides in 10-12 pt. Times New Roman or a similar font include a page header (title) in the upper left- hand of every page and a page number in the upper right-hand side of every page Your essay should:
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References Main Body Abstract General Format (cont’d) Title page Your essay should include four major sections:
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Title Page Page header: (use Insert Page Header) title flush left + page number flush right. Title: (in the upper half of the page, centered ) name (no title or degree) + affiliation (university, etc.)
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Abstract Page Page header Abstract (centered, at the top of the page) Write a brief (between 150 and 250 words) summary of your paper in an accurate, concise, and specific manner. Should contain: at research topic, research questions, participants, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusions. May also include possible implications of your research and future work you see connected with your findings. May also include keywords.
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Main Body (Text) The first text page is page number 3 Type the title of the paper centered, at the top of the page Type the text double-spaced with all sections following each other without a break Identify the sources you use in the paper in parenthetical in-text citations Format tables and figures
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References Page
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