APA Style was developed by social and behavioral scientists to standardize scientific writing.
APA research papers are divided into sections. To view a sample paper go here.
An APA Literature Review will contain the following:
- Title Page
- The title page should contain the title of the paper, the author's name, and the institutional affiliation. Include the page header (To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left using all capital letters. The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.) flush left with the page number flush right at the top of the page.
- Type your title in upper and lowercase letters centered in the upper half of the page.
- Beneath the title, type the author's name: first name, middle initial(s), and last name.
- Beneath the author's name, type the institutional affiliation, which should indicate the location where the author(s) conducted the research.
- The introduction presents the problem that the paper addresses. It should start on the same page as the Literature Review.
- List of References.
- Start on a new page with the title "References" centered; do not underline or italicize. All citations in the paper should have a reference on this page.
An APA Experimental Report will contain the following:
- Title Page
Citing references in-text follow the author-date model:
Kessler (2003) found that among epidemiological samples . . .
In 2003, Kessler's study of epidemiological samples found . . .
Several studies (Miller, 1999; Shafranske & Mahoney, 1998) . . .
The Reference List
Citations are listed here in order of author's surname and the hanging indent style is used with double-spacing. For example:
Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The Science of
Subjective Well-Being (pp.17-43). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Credit to the Purdue OWL for some of the content.