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APA Style Essentials


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APA Style Essentials
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APA Style Article APA Style Proposal Douglas Degelman, Ph.D. Vanguard University of Southern California
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The Publication Manualof the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010) and the APA Style web site (http://www.apastyle.org/) provide a comprehensive reference guide to writing using APA style, organization, and content. To order a copy of the Publication Manual online, go to http://books.apa.org/books.cfm?id=4200066. To view "PDF" documents referenced on this APA Style Essentials page, you need Adobe AcrobatReader. To download the free Acrobat Reader, go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/. The purpose of this document is to provide a common core of elements of APA style that all members of an academic department can adopt as minimal standards for any assignment that specifies APA style. This Web document is itself

not a model of APA style. For an example of a complete article formatted according to APAstyle, go to
http://www.vanguard.edu/uploadedfiles/Psychology/paper.pdf. For an example of an undergraduate research proposal, go to http://www.vanguard.edu/uploadedfiles/Psychology/proposal.pdf. To download a Microsoft Word template of an APA-style paper, go to http://www.vanguard.edu/uploadedFiles/Psychology/template.doc I. General Document Guidelines A. Margins: One inch on all sides (top,bottom, left, right) B. Font Size and Type: 12-pt. Times New Roman font C. Line Spacing: Double-space throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, references, appendixes, footnotes, tables, and figures. D. Spacing after Punctuation: Space once after commas, colons, and semicolons within sentences. Insert two spaces after punctuation marks that end sentences. E.Alignment: Flush left (creating uneven right margin) F. Paragraph Indentation: 5-7 spaces G. Pagination: The page number appears one inch from the right edge of the paper on the first line of every page. H. Running Head: The running head is a short title that appears at the top of the pages of a paper or published article. The running head is typed flush left at the top of all pages. The running headshould not exceed 50 characters, including punctuation and spacing. Using most word processors, the running head and page number can be inserted into a header, which then automatically appears on all pages. I. Active voice: As a general rule, use the active voice rather than the passive voice. For example, use "We predicted that ..." rather than "It was predicted that ..." J. Order of Pages:Title Page, Abstract, Body, References, Footnotes, Tables, Figures, Appendixes II. Title Page A. Pagination: The Title Page is page 1. B. Running Head: The running head is typed flush left (all uppercase) following "Running head:" C. Key Elements: Paper title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), author note. D. Paper Title: Uppercase and lowercase letters, centered on the page.

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E. Author(s): Uppercase and lowercase letters, centered on the line following the title. F. Institutional affiliation: Uppercase and lowercase letters, centered on the line following the author(s). G. Author Note: Provide information about the author’s departmental affiliation,...
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