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How do I write a research paper in APA format?

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A paper/essay in APA format should be double spaced, with 1" margins on all sides.  APA style recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman as the font for the paper.  Each page should have a page header, which is a shortened version of the paper's title, also known as a running head.  Every page should have a page number at the top right of each page, level with the running head. The paper should have four sections: the title page, the abstract, the body of the paper, and a reference page.  The title page should include, centered and double spaced, the paper title, the author's name, and the school name on three separate lines. 

One resource you may wish to consult is EasyBib, located on the library's homepage.  EasyBib will help you create your citations for your reference/works cited page in APA format.  You can register for an account on EasyBib and save your citations as you work on them.    If you select the 'citation guide' tab on EasyBib, and then the 'APA' link, you will come to a page with good information regarding the format of APA citations.

Writer's Reference Center is a resource on the library's homepage that will help you with the writing process.  This resources includes tools such as dictionary and thesaurus, as well as tips on style, grammar, and how to write a good paper.  


With more specific regard to the layout of the paper, spacing, margins, etc., you might want to consult the print copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.  This is the official guidebook for APA style and format.  Each campus library has a print copy of this resource available.  An online resource that will give you similar guidance in terms of spacing and overall layout is the APA format page on the OWL at Purdue Online Writing Lab page. 

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