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Sixth Edition APA Style

Defining APA Style

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association defines American Psychological Association [APA], as a brief but comprehensive summary of an article’s contents. The style allows survey of the contents by a reader. The person interested in the article can also abstract and index it from the databases (APA, 2010).

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How to Write in APA Style

APA suggests a word count for Abstract to be 150 to 250 words. In the body, headings are as shown as illustrated in the title “Defining APA Style” above and all the text should be double-spaced. The first sentence begins flush left and is indented 1 inch margin. The in-text citations for APA formation have the surname of the Author and the year of the publication.

Setting Up the Running Heads in APA

APA style has a title page that is designed differently from the other pages because it has the words “Running Head” while the subsequent pages only have the title. To set up the running head;

  1. Click Insert, in your Word 2007 document then select Header or double click on the header while the cursor is on the header.
  2. Header & Footer Tools, click on Insert Page Number and choose Right. Then click Page Number, and choose Current Position.
  3. Under the Design Tab, check on different first Page.
  4. Format the first page of your article by including the words Running Head then the title of your article in upper case.
  5. At this point you should tap outside the header and finish formatting the rest of article as demonstrated in the sample below.


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