Sample 2 of Research Paper in APA Style[1]

Sample 2 of Research Paper in APA Style[1] - APA Writing...

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Running head: APA WRITING STYLE AND MECHANICS APA Writing Style and Mechanics Student Name Strayer University 1
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Abstract According to section 1.07 of the APA Publication Manual (2001), “An abstract is a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of the article; it allows readers to survey the contents of an article quickly, and like a title, it enables abstracting and information services to index and retrieve articles” (p. 12). Note that the abstract paragraph is not indented. An abstract should be no longer than 120 words and should be concise and specific (APA, 2001, p. 13). Because an abstract is not always required for student papers, please adhere to your instructor’s requirements. 2
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APA Writing Style and Mechanics: A User’s Guide The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Publication Manual) began as an article published in Psychological Bulletin in 1929. That article reported results of a 1928 meeting of scholars "to discuss the form of journal manuscripts and to write instructions for their preparation" (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2001, p. xix). Today the manual is in its fifth edition, and the APA format described in it is a widely recognized standard for scientific writing (i.e., scholarly or professional writing) in the social sciences. Although the stylebook is designed to prepare manuscripts for publication, many school and health care journals have adopted its use as a guide to achieve uniformity and consistency (Cuddy, 2002). Writing in the style prescribed by the Publication Manual can be a daunting experience for students; however, as with all new skills, “practice makes perfect” (P. Proofreader, personal communication, June 28, 2004). In this paper, a review of APA information and writing tips most often used by the Strayer University undergraduate and graduate students are presented. However, this document is no substitute for the Publication Manual itself. While APA formatting software is available from a number of vendors, students are discouraged from purchasing it due to the inconsistency of formatting specific to Strayer University papers. Format Considerations Some of the more commonly used rules and formats from the Publication Manual are presented and discussed in this section. Please note, however, that some assignments may require unique formatting, and students should consult with faculty for clarification. 3
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Correct Margins Margins are required to be one inch equally or set at the word processor default. Microsoft Word default for the header and footer are each set at ½ inch. The rule is broken to avoid placing a lone heading on the last line of the page or a single line of text on the top of the next page. Page Header The header contains the first two or three words of the title and appears in the header/footer feature of Microsoft Word (See Appendix A for format directions for the header/footer feature). The page number is set at five spaces to the right of the text. The automatic function of a word-processing program should be used to print the headers and
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