Best Tips on APA Writing Styles

Overview

References are ordered alphabetically by the first author’s last name. If the author is unknown, order the reference entry by the first meaningful word of the title 

Headings and subheadings

APA headings have five possible levels. Heading level 1 is used for main sections such as “Methods” or “Results”. Heading levels 2 to 5 are used for subheadings.

Title page

The title page is the first page of an APA Style paper. There are different guidelines for student and professional papers.

Abstract

The abstract is a 150–250 word summary of your paper. An abstract is usually required in professional papers, but it’s rare to include one in student papers

Table of contents

APA Style does not provide guidelines for formatting the table of contents. It’s also not a required paper element in either professional or student papers.

Reference page

The APA reference page is placed after the main body of your paper but before any appendices. Here you list all sources that you’ve cited in your paper 

Tables and figures

Tables and figures are presented in a similar format. They’re preceded by a number and title and followed by explanatory notes (if necessary).

Tables and figures

Tables and figures are presented in a similar format. They’re preceded by a number and title and followed by explanatory notes (if necessary).

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