APA Format - APA 101: An Introduction to Citation and...

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KUWC_APA101_07/08_v3 Page 1 of 7 APA 101: An Introduction to Citation and Formatting What is APA? APA stands for the American Psychological Association. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association establishes a national standard for the layout of an academic paper and gives a universal method for referencing sources used in these types of papers. Generally, APA style is the method used for social science papers. At Kaplan, we find that APA style best suits our overall curriculum. These standards are not suggestions; they are the expectation. Why is APA so important? By creating papers in the prescribed format as outlined by the American Psychological Association, you are establishing your credibility as a legitimate member of the academic community as a whole. Adhering to this nationally recognized format, marks you as a true academic whose ideas are worthy of the attention of other academics. It makes no difference if your paper is being read by a professor of an Ivy League school or an instructor at a community college in a rural location. Your paper is recognized as “legitimate” by all members of the academic community at large. Overall, APA serves two purposes: 1. Formatting: This refers to the layout and arrangement of your paper; APA essays have a certain „look.‟ 2. Citation: You must acknowledge and give credit to any outside sources or evidence you use in your paper. APA provides a uniform method for doing this. What are the main components of an APA-formatted Paper? Manuscript Formatting 1. Title Page This is used to introduce your paper and provide information such as your name, title, instructor, course, and date. While your information will be different than the following example, it must appear the same in terms of margins, spacing, etc. You‟ ll also note that a header must be included (e.g. Curbing Parental Sports 1).
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