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ServiceScape Incorporated
2017

How to Write in APA Style

On this episode, we discuss how to write and format a paper in APA style, which is most commonly used in scientific writing and social sciences writing in subjects like criminology, anthropology, and psychology.

Specifically, we address the following topics:

  • What is APA style?
  • Why do we use APA style?
  • What are the basic formatting rules? For example, it should be written in 12-point font, be double spaced, and have 1-inch margins all around.
  • What are some APA abbreviation rules? For example, do not put periods in between letters of abbreviations unless it's a Latin abbreviation or the words U.S. or U.K.
  • How should I use charts and graphs in APA style? For example, text within charts and figures must be Sans Serif and be between 8 to 14-point font in size.
  • What should my title page look like? For example, it should include the paper's title, author's name, and institution's name centered and in title case.
  • What is an abstract and what should it look like? For example, the Abstract paragraph is in 12-point font and is double spaced.
  • What should in-text citations look like? For example, in-text citations should include the author's last name followed by the year of publication.
  • How should the references page be formatted? For example, References should be centered at the top, without bold, italics, or underlining.
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