APA_6th_Edition_Guide - APA 6th Edition An Overview of the...

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APA 6 APA 6 th th Edition: Edition: An Overview of the Basics An Overview of the Basics John P. Dugan Loyola University Chicago 2009 1 Please note that this guidebook is not designed to be exhaustive, but a practical guide to basic rules associated with the APA 6 th Edition writing style. Users are encouraged to consult the full APA 6 th Edition manual for additional questions. Please share any comments, inaccuracies, or suggestions with me via email ( [email protected] ). Feel free to share widely, but credit appropriately.
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F ORMATTING B ASICS (pp. 228-229) Margins: Page set-up should reflect 1” margins on all sides. Font: Use a serif font, preferably Times New Roman, with size set at 12-point. Use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial or Helvetica) at 12-point for all wording in figures. Indentation & Alignment: The first line of each paragraph should be indented five spaces (use tab key). Exceptions to this include: abstracts and block quotes. Left align all text except for particular heading titles. Do not right and left justify or hyphenate words. Spacing: The entire paper should be double-spaced including the reference list, figures, tables, quotations, titles, and headings. Do not add an extra line after a paragraph or before new headings. Punctuation Spacing: Place two spaces after sentence terminators (e.g., periods, question marks, exclamation marks). Place one space after commas, colons, and semicolons; periods as part of a reference citation; periods of initials in personal names. EXCEPTION: No spaces are used in abbreviations such as i.e., e.g., a.m., and colons used in ratios. Title Page: Your title page should include three components: title of the paper, author and institutional affiliation, and running head. See page 41 in the manual and page 4 of this guidebook for examples. o Running head: A running head should be included in all papers and appears in the header of the document. It is traditionally a shortened version of your paper title. Typically, people will use the first part of a title when it includes a colon. The running head should be no more than 50 characters. Note that this is characters and not words. All punctuation, letters, and spaces count as characters. The name of your running head appears in all uppercase letters, is left justified, and preceded by the term “Running head.” Note that the word “head” is not capitalized. See the sample title page for a clear example. Page Numbers: Begin numbering your paper with the title page serving as page one. All page numbers should appear in the upper right hand corner within the document header. Use the view > headers and footers function in word processing programs to set this. Headings
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