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How do you write a research paper in APA formatted style

If you are supposed to write your research paper following the APA format, then you need to follow a few specifications. The basic structure will look something like this

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method(s)
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References

General formatting:

  • Use standard size (8.5” by 11”) paper.
  • Do not give page breaks between the sections of introduction, methods, results, and discussion.
  • Use separate pages for title, abstract, references, figures, etc.
  • Your paper should have one-inch margins all around.
  • The paper should be written in 12-point font and double-spaced.
  • Your paper should be in past tense, throughout.
  • Each page on your paper needs to have a running header.
  • Make sure you use uppercase letters for the title and include it in the header. Page number should be flush right in the header of every page.

Title Page of the APA style paper:

This page contains the title of your term paper in the center of the upper half of the page. Do not use more than 12 words; do not use abbreviation and/or meaningless words. The author’s name comes right under the title; do not use formal titles e.g. Dr. Etc. The author’s institutional affiliation will be typed beneath the author’s name. It should indicate where the research was conducted. Include the page header flush left and page number flush right on the title page.

On the title page:

Running Header: TITLE OF PAPER 1

On subsequent pages:



Write the abstract on a new page. Give the heading “Abstract” without using bold letters, italics, inverted commas etc. The running header should appear as earlier described.

Beginning with the next line, write a concise summary of the key points of your paper. Your abstract should include the research topic, research methods, research questions, participants, results, and conclusions.

The abstract should be one paragraph of 150 to 250 words.

Introduction: Do not label the introduction. Start with a broader area and narrow it to the topic. The introduction should set the scene for the rest of your paper.


Label the section in the center of the page in bold letters. Write precisely about your methods, so that another research can duplicate the study.

Participants, materials, apparatus, and procedures: Label flush left in bold letters.

Results: Label the results in the center of the page, in bold letters.

Discussion: Labeled, centered, bold!

References: Labeled, centered, but not bold.

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