In your U.S. History class at your college or university, you are assigned to write a typed take home essay about the Louisiana Purchase. The essay requires you to type the essay in APA format. However, you have never been exposed to APA (American Psychological Association) format. You search in the library for books on the subject and on the Internet for a guide to help you write APA style papers. This guide can help you write APA essays.
First, for your essay, you need to gather material from sources such as books, research journals, and articles. Search for notes, highlight important points from the sources, and paraphrase ideas from the sources.
When you have completed reading your sources for your essay, begin writing your first rough draft. You will need to use 8.5” by 11” paper with 1” margins on all sides. The research project needs to be double spaced and typed with 12-point serif typeface (Times New Roman or Courier).
Every page of your research project should be numbered on the upper right corner, beginning with the title page. The next step in your essay is to write your rough draft. The order of your paper should be Title, Abstract, Introduction, Research, and References.
Shorten your essay’s title and make sure that it does not go over twelve words. The title should be on the top of the page and centered. The title should be typed in sentence case. Press enter twice, and type your first name, middle initial, and last name. If you are named “Jr.” or “III,” put a space between the last name and the suffix. For the next new line of your essay, enter the name of your college or university where you conducted research. If you don’t have a research institution, you can list the city and state where you conducted the research for your essay. If you are researching outside of the United States, list your city, province, and the country.
Next on the second page, the abstract is the summary of your essay. The maximum of the abstract should be 120 words. Highlight the most important details of your essay in the abstract. Abbreviations and special terms should be labeled (except
units of measurement). Previous research should be noted in this section.
The introduction is listed on the third page. The purpose of the essay, background information, and problem should be presented. The details to the problem’s importance and works which are applicable to the paper should be identified. Your thesis and supporting statements needs be mentioned in this section.
Next, for the research section, place the running header on the upper left side of the page. Center the title on the top of the page, which should be in sentence case. In this section, mention your thesis and supporting statements at the end of the first paragraph. In subsequent paragraphs, give topic sentences which support your theory and give information from your research that will help support your thesis. In the conclusion, restate your thesis and give a summary of the points that you made, proving your thesis to be true or false.
Finally, name your essay’s sources on the references page. A guide to
properly cite your references is located at the Purdue OWL Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).
An essay is a method of communication to get your points out to your audience. By using this guide, you will not have any problems using APA style in your essays.