Effective Homework Formatting Using APA Style

What is an APA Style? 

An APA style is a writing style and format for academic documents, scholarly articles, or books. APA style of writing is commonly used in the field of behavioral sciences or social sciences. This writing style is widely preferred for its simple communication, comprehension, and citation format. The APA, or otherwise known as the American Psychological Association, has stipulated writing guidelines on how to write in its structure. 

What are the Critical tips in writing APA Format? 

The APA guideline has several fundamental writing principles to observe while writing. For example, when you are given a task to write a paper about online communication effects in a relationship, your document must have a running head. A running head is the shortened version of the paper's full title, which could read online communication. The first page of the paper should have a title, author's name, and institution. The running head should be in capital letters, whereas the title, author's name, and institution should be doubled spaced and centered. The running head’s title should be in capital letters. The running head should be flush left, and page numbers should be flush right. On the title page, the running head should include the words Running head. For pages following the title page, repeat the running head in all caps without Running head. The papers’ abstract should be centered and typed in 12 point Times New Roman. An abstract is a summary of the paper, allowing readers to review the paper's main points and purpose quickly. In APA format, the abstract is always not indented. 

How to develop a good paper in APA style?

The paper's title should be centered and not bolded and typed in 12-point Times New Roman Font. Developing an excellent introduction to your paper is very necessary to help present the problem that the paper intends to address. For instance, in our case, you could state how online communication has eased communication channels, but on the other hand, reduced one-on-one physical contact, which could reduce intimacy or physical warmth. If an article has more than one author, write out all of the authors’ names the first time they appear. Then use the first author’s last name followed by et al. In-text citations that are direct quotes should include the author’s/ authors’ name(s), the publication year, and page number(s). 

  1. APA heading.

A Level 1 heading should be centered, bolded, and sentence case. A Level 2 heading should be flush with the left margin, bolded, and title case. A Level 3 heading should have indented 0.5” from the left margin, bolded, and lower case except for the first word. The text should follow immediately after.

  1. Conclusion and referencing 

While writing in APA style, you will be required to have a conclusion in your paper. Conclusions are just better ways of summarizing your finding and taking a specific position in your paper. Conclusions also offer avenues of doing more research in regards to the topic in discussion. The reference should start on a new page, center the title references, and alphabetize the entries. Do not underline or italicize the title—double-space all entries. Every source mentioned in the paper should have an entry.