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APA Tutorial

Preparing Student Papers Using APA Format

At some point in your education you will start to be required to perform scholarly research, prepare a written report and present your findings to others. This document should help you prepare for these activities.

I recommend creating the format of the document as you start the research. Use Microsoft Word to:

  • add the cover page
  • add headings with the header text and page numbers per APA format
  • create an outline of your major topics
  • use headings so you can apply a table of contents which you can easily update with a click
  • add the reference page

In APA formatting this is a certain way the paper must be organized. Here is a list in order of how your paper should be constructed and organized. Below each is a link containing a example to better explain each tier.

~ Page Format - Here is a APA style paper. Look over this and read the paper to get an understanding of how the organization works.

~ Title Page - This page is a simple cover page. It is placed on top of your paper and consists of nothing more then paper title, authors name, date, and class or university.

~ Abstract - This portion of the paper is a brief outline of your whole paper. The trick here is to make it short and concise.

~ Introduction - The introduction is the beginning part of your paper. This is where you state your topic and give basic information on your research topic.

~ Discussion - This is the main portion of your paper. This part is the most important of the whole paper. Here you will discuss what your research was, how you did it, tools or methods used, present your data, explain your data, and come to a conclusion about the whole thing.

~ References - At the end of your paper you need to properly list and format your references. References are the forms of information you used to collect data on your research topic. This is a very crucial part of the paper as formatting is everything.

~ Appendices - This is the index of your research paper just stating the order your paper is in and giving a brief explanation on each tier of your research paper. A basic outline is a simple way of putting it.