APA Sample Paper Essay

This is the abstract page and is labeled as the Abstract (a Level I heading, see pp. 113-115). It is never indented and is always the second page of an APA document. The abstract is the writer’s general overview of the purpose and content of the paper. The abstract is to be no more than 120 words long and is only intended to help the reader ascertain if the paper is relevant to his or her area of inquiry. The abstract is usually only one paragraph.

APA Formatting Guide. Please note that page three is the actual beginning of the text of the paper, the first line of which is the full, formal title of the paper exactly as it appears on the title page. The formal title is centered on the page in uppercase and lowercase letters (a Level I heading) and is one inch from the top edge of the page. Beginning with page three, all initial lines of paragraphs are to be indented 5-7 spaces uniformly throughout the paper.

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Margins and Spacing. All APA margins are one inch, with the exception of page headers, which are one half inch down from the top of the page and one inch in from the right edge of the paper. Left margins are justified. Right margins are left ragged. All spaces between lines are one double space. There is no double-double spacing or any other type of spacing acceptable. Page Headers Page headers appear on all pages of the document. The number for the page is at the one-inch right margin and from the last letter of the header to the page number is five (5) spaces.

Use the header function to add page headers. Title Page The title page deserves some special mention. It is strictly formatted in three areas. Area one states the full, formal title of the paper (centered in uppercase and lowercase letters, a Level I heading), the author’s full name, and the author’s educational affiliation (in your case it will be Liberty University). These items are to be centered on the page. The second area is the Running head: MMMMMMMM. The running head appears only once, and that is on the title page.

Notice that the Running head looks strange. It is. The word Running is capitalized, but the word head is not; then, there is a colon, one space, and an abbreviated form of the full formal title in all capital letters. The last area is the page header. Each page contains the page header and each page is numbered one up consecutively from the title page through the last page of the document. When properly set up in the Headers and Footers function, your computer will handle the consecutive numbering automatically.

References American Psychological Association. (1992). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. American Psychologist, 47, 1597-1611. Brown, H. , & Milstead, J. (1968). Patterns in poetry: An introductory anthology. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman. Note the “hanging” indentation format. The first line of the reference is at the one inch left margin and the subsequent lines are at the five-seven space standard indent