How to Write an Apa Format Paper

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Use the first sentence or sentences of the introduction to grab your reader’s attention and let them know what the main idea of your paper is. The introduction of the paper begins here in the first paragraph of your paper, on the line following the paper title. Indent the first sentence of each paragraph by pressing the tab key on your keyboard. Double-space throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, and References page. APA uses a traditional font style such as Times New Roman, and a 12 point font size.

The title of the paper (in uppercase and lowercase letters) is centered on the first line below the running head. The running head is a shortened version of the paper’s full title that
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By putting the information from your research into your own words, you can show that you have a deeper knowledge of the material. Furthermore, papers overloaded with quotations may distract your instructor from your own ideas and writing. Use a quotation from a source only when there is absolutely no better way to present the information. A well-written paper balances quotations and paraphrases with your own interpretation of the research.

APA has no specific rules about how often to insert in-text citations when paraphrasing or summarizing from one source continuously in your paper. For instance, if this entire paragraph was written using information from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, an in-text citation should be inserted at the end of this last sentence (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 171).

When you include a direct quotation or paraphrase referring to a specific passage in your paper, always include the author and year, as well as the page number, as part of the citation. APA requires the author, year, and page number for direct quotations and recommends providing the same information for paraphrases.

When citing paraphrased information in your paper, either give the author’s name and year within the sentence or in parentheses at the end of the sentence, along with the page number. For example: According to Smith (2008), laughter
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