APA Format Essay (Example, Citation)

Hey everyone, Mark here with EssayPro. In this video, we’ll have a look at how
to structure an APA citation. What is the APA style? The style by the American Psychological Association or
(APA), is commonly used to format papers in psychology, the humanities, education, nursing,
and social sciences. It exists to make communicating your ideas
to your professor more efficient and uniform. Let’s have a look at how to format in the
APA style. How To Format The general APA formatting consists of the
following rules: Use a clear and highly readable font like
Times New Roman. It has to be 12pt font, double spaced, with 1” margins on all sides. Include a heading on the top left of every page that includes the shortened title of your essay.
Here’s an example of a good title and a shortened header.
Notice that the first time you put your header, it will say “Running head” with a colon
next to it. Insert a page number on the top right. Every APA essay is divided into four parts: The Title Page Abstract Main Body and References Title Page The title page should include the title of
your paper, your name, and the name of your institution. A page header placed on the top left of
your paper. Your page number should go in the top right. All text in your article, including the
title page, should be double-spaced. Your title should be centered in the upper
half of the page. APA recommends keeping the title short (something under 12 words). Make sure your title contains no abbreviations, such as the “NRA”. You should say “the National Rifle Association”. And do not include words with no purpose. And notice that small insignificant words
in the title don’t have uppercase first letters. Heading Examples There are good ways and bad ways to make your Heading. The bad way is to include abbreviations and
a clutter of too many words. The good way to do it is to keep it succinct,
expand all abbreviations, and have the words be confidently associated with what you’re
talking about. Don’t write a submissive explanation with
the hope of your reader being interested out of pity. So, a confident example should be:
Serotonin Production and the Digestive System. A submissive, or bad example, would be:
Why it is important to eat a healthy diet, so as not to disbalance serotonin levels in
the gut. —too wordy, you don’t need that. After the APA header, write your full name. That means your first name, your middle initial(s),
and your last name(s). Do not, however, include titles such as Dr.
or any degrees such as Ph.D. Underneath your name, write your institutional
affiliation. And that would be your school, university, or other academic institution. The Abstract The abstract page is a summary of what your
research is about. It should be on the following page after your
title page and should already include the header on the top left. On the first line, center the word “Abstract” with no additional formatting. —that means no bold, no italics, underlining, quotation marks, and so on. The APA abstract should contain: • The Research Question
• The Participants • The Methods
• The Results • The Data Analysis
and • The Conclusion Keep your abstract between 150-250 words. Listing keywords in your abstract is optional. If you want to include them, create a new
paragraph; type keywords in italics; and then list your keywords. The Outline Outlines are not commonly required to be submitted
with your essay, but in certain circumstances, your professor might require you to submit
it with your paper and in APA format. An outline is the framework for your essay
that you should create before writing your essay in order to organize and structure your thoughts, and to make sure you don’t forget any key points you would like to address in your essay. To create an APA Outline, you take the most
important information and arrange its title in numerical order using roman numerals,
from first to last. Each title’s subcategory is then listed by an uppercase letter of the alphabet, and
each subcategory of that subcategory is then listed using numbers. If there are subcategories within that, you
use lowercase letters. Citation Guide When constructing APA in-text citations, you
need to do the following: • Capitalize the first letter of the author’s
name and initials. • Capitalize all the first letters of words
that are four letters long or greater within the title of a source. • Italicize or underline titles of longer
works such as: books, movies, documentaries, music albums, and television series. • Put quotations around articles, television
series episodes, and song titles. • When dealing with short quotes (that is; under 40 words) you will want to introduce the phrase with the author’s last name and include
the date of publication in parentheses. At the end of the quote, you will need to
add a page number for reference. • If the author is not named within your
sentence, place the author’s name, year of publication, and page number in parentheses
after the quotation. • In quotations that are over 40 words,
we use block quotes. Indent the quote half and inch from the left
margin in a new paragraph. The citation should come after the punctuation
mark. Reference Page An APA Reference page usually appears at the
end of the paper. In other paper formatting styles, it may be
called a “Bibliography” or “Works Cited”. Center the word “References” at the top
of your page. Do not make it bold, underline it, or put
quotation marks around it. Make sure your reference page is double-spaced. All lines after the first line in your reference
list should have a hanging indent. Indent half an inch from the left margin. First, list the author or authors’ names
in the order of; last name, first name, initial, and middle initial (if there is any). Note to use the ampersand instead of ‘and’
if there is more than one author. Then put the date of the work in parentheses.
If there are more than seven authors, use ellipses after the seventh author (that is the three little dots together). Your list must be in alphabetical order according to the last name of the cited author. Italicize longer works like books and journals,
and do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as
journal articles or essays in edited collections. And lastly, adding the page number on the
reference page is optional (which means you don’t have to do it, if you don’t want to). We hope you enjoyed our video. Subscribe, leave a like, and hit that notification
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