UTT LIBRARIES APA STYLE FORMATTING A Brief Guide Revised October 2010 UTT LIBRARIES 2 BRIEF GUIDE TO FORMATTING A RESEARCH PAPER USING THE APA STYLE As part of the course requirements at tertiary level,
With so many rules to remember, formatting your paper in APA style can be tricky. However, with a little patience and experience you will quickly grasp the basic rules. If you ever need help with an APA style question, you can always ask it in the section of our website.
Writing an Empirical Paper in APA Style
As papers in APA style consist of several sections, such as cover page, abstract page, full text of the paper, reference pages and tables or graphs, it is important to insert a hard break between every of these sections. It preserves formatting on all the pages above, allowing making any changes in the formatting of text and pages below it.
Advice: The headings are always one of the difficult parts when it comes to formatting your paper in APA style. The first thing you should do is to check the 5-level heading structure that can be found in the 6th Publication Manual (APA, 2009). Headings in research articles are easier to format because they follow a similar structure. However, literature review articles can be a bit more challenging. Any headings that appear at the same level should be equally important in the point you are trying to make. Headings that are level 2, 3 and so on usually elaborate on the section that they appear in. You can find additional information in our Bulletin on how to format headings in APA style. APA General Format: Research Papers General format for papers written in APA style is covered in the first chapter of the Publication Manual (Call number here at Morrisville College Library: REF BF 76.7.P83 Writing a college paper in APA style only seems like a hassle. Being proficient with it will help you beyond any classroom. The format some university professors require is well-respected everywhere. Use this guide as a quick reference for the proper format for your paper and its sources.