For those of you writing your papers in APA format, please use the following rules as guidance. Please note that this is a modified version of the APA formatting that has been developed for submission of our papers in class.
  1. Use the standard page setup: 8.5 by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins on all sides.
  2. On the top of the first page type your name, the date, the name of the course and the instructor's name. The title of the page follows but is center justified, and underlined. Capitalize the "main" words of the title. This does not include conjunctions, adverbs, pronouns, or prepositions.
  3. The body of your essay should use straightforward language. Double-space the body of your document. Use a standard 12-point serif font. Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier are the most widely accepted. Properly cite your sources.
  4. For quotes within the body of the paper, include the Author's last name, the year and page number(s) in parentheses directly after the quotation mark. This information should be separated by commas. The following sample sentence includes a proper citation: A recent study has found that "...in-text citations are becoming increasingly important to avoid charges of plagiarism." (Johnson, 2004, p.144)
  5. If you mention an Author's name outside the parentheses, you don't need to include it again. Follow the format of the following sentence: Johnson (2004) also stated, "Schools are becomingly increasingly strict in response to the cut-and-paste generation of ." (p.166)
  6. Cite your source when paraphrasing someone else's ideas. You don't need to include page numbers. Ex: Students unsure of what constitutes plagiarism find it safer to include sources thorough citations. (Johnson, 2004)
  7. Write the reference list. You'll need to include detailed information on every source you cited in your paper. Center the word "References" on the top of the page and then begin your list.

For some more guidance...please view the following video as an overview.


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