FrontPage ApaStyle

2. Title page

Titile page should have running head, title of the paper, the author's name, and the institutional affiliation. Page header (Running head) should look like this:


After this first page, the head part should contain:


After the running head, the title of the paper should be written in upper and lowercase letters centered in the upper half of the page. Right after the title, your name and your affiliation name should follow.

3. Abstract

As seen right, the running head should be written top left side of the paper.
  • You should list the word, Abstract at the center of the top.
  • After that, you write the abstract of the paper.
  • It does not require indention.
  • Abstract should be 150 and 250 words.
  • After abstract, write Keywords in italic; then, list 5 related keywords separately by comma.

Pleae see [http]the sample paper (provided by Purdue univ).

4. Main Body

5. References

6. Readme in crib sheet

APA style is the style of writing used by journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA). The style is documented in the APA Publication Manual (5th ed., 2001). The APA Manual began as an article published in Psychological Bulletin in 1929, the product of a 1928 conference of anthropologists and psychologists who gathered "to discuss the form of journal manuscripts and to write instructions for their preparation" (APA, 2001, p. xix). The APA first published the guidelines as a separate document called the Publication Manual in 1952.
Today the manual is in its fifth edition, and APA style is widely recognized as a standard for scientific writing in psychology and education, used by over a thousand research journals.

Some of the more common rules and reference sources in APA style are covered in the APA Crib Sheet. However, this document is no substitute for the 440 page APA Manual, which has evolved into a comprehensive style guide. The APA Manual should be purchased by any serious student preparing an article, theses, or dissertation in psychology or education. It answers question you may not think to ask. The APA Crib Sheet has no affiliation with the American Psychological Association. It began as a "community service" project by Professor Dewey, and has become the most widely consulted resource on APA style on the Internet. The APA Manual draws a distinction between final manuscripts such as class papers, theses, and dissertations, and copy manuscripts to be submitted for review and publication. The APA Crib Sheet follows the instructions given in chapter six for "Material Other Than Journal Articles" (APA, 2001, pp. 321-330). Final manuscripts differ from copy manuscripts in these ways:

  • Spacing. "Double-spacing is required throughout most of the manuscript. When single-spacing would improve readability, however, it is usually encouraged. Single spacing can be used for table titles and headings, figure captions, references (but double-spacing is required between references), footnotes, and long quotations" (APA, 2001, p. 326).

  • Figures, tables, and footnotes. "In a manuscript submitted for publication, figures, tables, and footnotes are placed at the end of the manuscript; in theses and dissertations, such material is frequently incorporated at the appropriate point in text as a convenience to readers" (APA, p. 325).

The most notable additions and changes to fifth edition of the APA Manual (2001) include:
  • Electronic sources require new formats in references. The formats previously featured on the APA Web site have been superseded. Several formats are included in the Crib Sheet.
  • Italics or underline? "Use the functions of your word-processing program to create italic, bold, or other special fonts or styles following the style guidelines specified in this Publication Manual" (APA, 2001, p. 286).
  • Hanging indents. "APA publishes references in a hanging indent format. . . . If a hanging indent is difficult to accomplish with your word-processing program, it is permissible to indent your references with paragraph indents" (APA, p. 299).

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