Basic Format of an APA Research Paper
- Uniform margins should be at least one inch and lines are double spaced.
- Place page numbers and a running header on all pages.
- Page one includes five elements: title, running head, author name, name of institution, and author note (if required by your instructor).
- Page two contains an abstract. The text of your paper starts on page three.
- The References list begins on a new page.
When do I cite sources?
Whenever you include someone else's ideas in a paper, you must document the source of the ideas. In other words, if you have learned anything new and include it in your paper, you must give credit to whoever provided the new information. Remember that failure to do so properly is plagiarism.
How do I cite sources?
Documenting is accomplished by a Two Step Process:
- Identify (briefly in parenthesis) in the paper's body the works you have used. These are called parenthetical or in-text citations.
- At the end of your paper, you must create a list of resources that you cited in your paper. This is called the References list.
APA Web Resources
Check out the web sites listed below, which will provide you with sample citations, as well as sample papers, sample Works Cited pages, and sample title pages.
The New Current 6th edition.