An Overview of APA
What is APA Style?
Developed by the American Psychological Association, APA Style refers to a set of guidelines and conventions used by individuals to format research papers, in-text citations, and bibliographies. By applying these rules, you can ensure that your instructor will focus on the content of your paper, rather than the manner of presentation
Benefits of using APA Style:
- Your work will be easier to read and understand
- Using rules on mechanics and style will improve your written communication skills
- You will have more time to concentrate on the contentof your paper
- APA Style is widely accepted in the business world and is commonly used in professional publications
- Given its widespread use, it is easy to find help on how to format a paper, citations, etc., in APA Style
General Rules & Guidelines
Here are some things to keep in mind when formatting your paper:
- Use the default margins (1.25") from Word. Otherwise, use 1"; margins on all sides of the document.
- All research sources consulted need to be included on the Reference page, whether or not they were specifically cited in the body of the text. (This includes resources consulted for background information).
- Font should be 12-point for the body of the text. Use Times New Roman or a similar font type
- Double space everything, including indented quotes, title page and Reference list.
- Use italics, not underlining, for whole works, books, and websites.
- Direct quotes need to be enclosed with quotation marks. Long quotes of 40 words or more should start on the next line and be indented one-half inch from the left margin (double-spacing still applies).