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Running head: SAMPLE FOR STUDENTS 1 Sample APA Paper for Students Interested in Learning APA Style Jeffrey H. Kahn University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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SAMPLE FOR STUDENTS 2 Abstract The abstract should be a single paragraph in block format (without paragraph indentation) and should be between 150 and 250 words. The heading of “Abstract” (note capitalization), should be centered on the first line of this 2 nd page, and should not be in bold, italics, or underlined. Please note the headings at the top of the page have changed slightly from the title page: the words, “Running head” are only used for the title page. See section 2.04 of the APA manual (American Psychological Association [APA], 2010) for additional information. The abstract is simply a summary of the paper. A good way to write a concise summary is to write 1-2 introduction sentences that explain the topic, your purpose (to persuade), and any research questions you may have had. Then write 1-2 sentences describing your research methods, including a very basic description of your participants and how you researched them (survey). Write 1-2 sentences describing the results of your research. Finally, write 1-2 sentences about your conclusions and recommendations. For a good judge of abstract length, how many words do you think this abstract has? In reality, only 190 words!
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SAMPLE FOR STUDENTS 3 Sample APA Paper for Students Interested in Learning APA Style Before getting started you will notice some things about this paper. First, everything is double-spaced. Second, margins are 1-inch wide on all sides. Third, there are several headings used throughout to separate different parts of the paper. Fourth, and this is perhaps a surprise, there is exactly one space after each punctuation mark, including periods. Try to pay attention to all of these details as you look through this paper. Now that those details are out of the way, you should know that this first part of the paper is called the “Introduction” section, yet it does not have a heading that actually says “Introduction.” Instead, the title of the paper is typed at the top of the first page (be sure to center the title). In this section you would often start with a topic paragraph that introduces the problem under study. Section 2.05 of the APA manual (APA, 2010) will help give you some ideas. The bulk of the Introduction section is background literature on the topic being
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