The main part of the paper consists of body paragraphs that include in-text citations.
The last page lists your references, alphabetically by author's last name.
APA guidelines require the entire paper be double-spaced, and Times New Roman, 12-point font is recommended.
There are four major sections to an APA paper: the title page, abstract, main body and references.
The recommended length of the title should be no more than 12 words, double-spaced and centered on the first page.
The abstract is a brief summary of your research detailing your research topic and questions, research participants, methods used, results, your data analysis and any conclusions.
is located on the "Ready Reference Shelves," behind the Reference Desk. Click on the tabs above for APA Format Examples (from Skyline Library), or click on the following links for more information.
The APA (American Psychological Association) style format is the most popular method for citing sources in academic work in the social sciences field.
In addition, failing to acknowledge the work of others can lead to accusations of plagiarism, which in turn can lead to consequences such as a failing grade or even getting fired from your job.
This page offers guidelines on how to properly format your cover page, reference page (the bibliography) and general in-text citing.