APA paper format

today I’m going to talk you through how to write an APA paper APA only refers to the format of the paper not to the content so I want to show you what it should look like the paper I’m using belongs to Logan Lemire and was written for business communication in the spring of 2015 so here we go this is the title page and I’m going to try to point out the things in this paper that students often make mistakes with okay the first is noticed that on the title page it should actually say running head : but the running head words should be in lowercase then in all caps a shortened version of the papers title should follow now if the title is really really short you might get away with using the actual title here but if the title is longer then this should not be really long it should not stretch across the top of this page I notice the page number follows in the top right also okay in the very center of the page this information will be displayed the name of the paper your name LaGrange College and the date now true APA does not call for a date but all business communications should have a date page two of the paper is the abstract but notice first how the running had changes there is no running head : from pages to forward throughout the rest of the paper but the shortened version of the paper title is repeated and it continues to be in all caps page 2 is on the right the word abstract should be typed in the middle and it should not be bolded there is no indent on the abstract it should be probably 2/3 of a page or less and it is an executive summary of the papers contents so this should include all of the major points you plan to make in the paper on page 3 the actual paper begins the running head continues the title of the paper is repeated here notice there’s no heading right here but just the title of the paper this first paragraph or paragraphs will actually introduce the topic that’s going to be discussed in the paper the first section of the paper has a heading which is bolded and centered each section of the paper can have multiple paragraphs when a new section of the paper arrives once again you type a heading centered and bold it now this particular heading and the one above it our first level headings what I’m about to show you now on page 4 is actually how a second level heading would look so if under this heading factors of employment there are some subheadings those are called level 2 headings level two headings look like this they are bolded on the left-hand margin so you can see this is a first level and then this is a second level that goes under the first level in order to have a second level you have must have at least two so if you’ll notice as I go down this paper there is another second level heading under that first level heading page 5 of the paper continues with more 2nd level headings and then we move to another first level so we change topics and we move to a first level heading again this particular first level heading has two second level headings underneath it this one notice first level centered and bold it second level on the left-hand margin and bolded there’s the second second level heading under that first level heading go to another first level heading and then the last page of the text of the paper there is a heading labeled conclusion and it is bolded notice there was not a section header that said introduction we do not place a header with introduction it’s just understood that the first paragraph or paragraphs are the introduction so the paper concludes and then we have the reference page notice that the title references is not bolded it’s not a section header so it does not need to be bolded notice that each entry begins on the left-hand margin and if that entry runs over to a second line then the second line of each entry is indented notice also that reference pages are listed in alphabetical order so I’m going to move this up so you can see a little better if you have an article like a and and B that’s not counted in the alphabetizing so we are alphabetizing by the first major word which in this case is civil so this is a C Goldberg Hubbard this is an article L another P you and Z now we have two types of entries here this one is an author so we want the author’s last name and his or her first initial if they publish under two names then you also use the second names initial okay notice Hubbard he only publishes under one name and so his first name starts with a G and so there is a G here the second thing in the entry should be the date of publication so that would be second the third would be the title if a particular article you are using does not have an author then you will list it by the name of the article like this one link between benefits and the urgency of job-seeking so this is the name of the article no author was on it you must make sure that every entry you have includes where it came from for example this one says dollars and cents that’s where it came from this one says Wall Street Journal that’s where it came from you do not simply list the URL that is not sufficient here’s one International Journal of Business and Economics okay all of these strong sources so this was a good job and that’s what an APA paper should look like