Professional and Technical Writing/Documenting Your Sources/APA Style Documentation

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APA Style Documentation[edit | edit source]

American Psychological Association Style (APA) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.

Title page:

  • Contains title
  • Is double spaced
  • Contains author name
    • First name, middle initial(s), last name
    • Do not use titles (Dr.) or degrees (Ph.D.)
  • Contains name of institutional affiliation
    • Location author conducted research (if applicable)
  • Has a page header with title flush to the left and page number flush to the right
    • Should be no more than 12 words
    • Emit all abbreviation or words that contain no purpose

Essay body:

  • Is typed and double spaced on 8.5" by 11" paper
  • Has one inch margins
  • Is written with 10-12 pt. font
  • Is written in Times New Roman font, or a similar style
  • Includes a page header containing title of your page in all capital letters