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APA CHECKLIST (5th ed) (Updated November 17, 2004) 1.
Student ………………………… Course ………………….. Paper …………………………………………………
CHECK THESE OFF BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR PAPER.
USE THIS AS A REFERENCE LIST FOR THE ITEM NUMBERS FROM INSTRUCTORS FEEDBACK
NB: DO NOT USE THIS CHECKLIST AS AN EXAMPLE OF APA FORMATTING

General (all parts required)
1.  12 pitch (size of the letters)
2a.  Spacing: double line spacing only (no extra spaces below header, title, or reference list heading, nor between paragraphs)
2b.  Use one space between each word and after punctuation. One space between a word and a bracket. [290-291]
3.  No bold
4.  1" margins all around [APA, p. 286 & 325]
5.  Indentations should be 5-7 spaces. Use the
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The author=s name in the preceding paragraph does not cover the current paragraph, even if the discussion is on the same topic/idea. [APA, p. 349]
29.  When using author=s name in running text, use only surname, date and page number. Do not use titles of articles or books. Example: Smith (1995) stated, Ablah, blah, blah ....@ (p .42). [APA, p. 208]
30.  Citation format for paraphrasing (putting authors’ ideas in your own words) - use authors’ surnames only; no article or book titles. Example: (Smith & Jones, 1995). - note: period goes after bracket only. [APA, p. 121]
31.  Use past tense for the verb associated with the author’s name (e.g. Smith and Jones (1995) said/believed/reported/ found /stated). Then you can convert to present or future tense (e.g. Schwarzenegger (2003) said, “I will be back”). [APA, p. 42]
32.  If more than one source for the same idea, put them in brackets in alphabetical order separated by semi- colons Example: blah, blah, blah (Aerodam, 2001; Smith, 1995; Waller & Ayer, 2004). [APA, p. 212]
33.  To cite secondary sources (authors quoted by other authors) – Jackson (1984, as cited in Smith & Jones, 1995) indicated … or.. Blah blah (Jackson, 1984, as cited in Smith & Jones, 1994). Whenever possible, use primary source. [APA, p. 247].
34.  Quotes add to your paper, but use them sparingly and quote accurately. Better to paraphrase – just

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