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How to Write APA Research Methodology

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Research methodology is the way you organize a research paper. You gather the information, sort the information, and organize the ideas in the research paper. The following article will discuss the research methodology of an APA research paper.

APA papers are notable in the behavioral sciences, social sciences and education.

To start, write down important information from sources that relate to your topic, such as books, articles, magazines, and journals. You should write your notes on note cards. The notes can range from quotations, sentences, and paragraphs. Be sure to paraphrase information on your note cards so that you will not be accused of plagiarism. Write down the material’s source for your reference page at the end of your report.

As you are finished reading and investigating material for your research paper, begin writing your rough draft. Print your rough draft on 8.5” by 11” paper with 1” margins on all sides. Double space the entire paper. Use 12-point Times New Roman or Courier (serif typeface). Figure labels need to use Arial, Helvetica, or any sans serif typeface.

Each page needs to be numbered, starting with the title page. Figures and artwork should not be numbered. Put page numbers up in the right corner of your research paper. The title’s first words should be in the right corner of
every page, except for pages with figures and artwork.

Located at the top of every page is the running header. The running header should be 50 characters and in all capital letters. The running header should be located on the title page’s upper left corner. Order your research paper in this manner: Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References,and Appendices.

The title of your research paper should be ten to twelve words, short and concise. The title should be located on the top of the page, centered, and in sentence case. On a new line, put your first name, middle initial, and last name. If you have a suffix in your name (like Jr. or III), put a space between the last name and the suffix. The next line should be the name of your college or university.  If the place where you conducted research is not at a college or a university, list the city and state. If your location is outside the United States, list the city, state or province, and the country.

The abstract is a clear, short summary of your research paper. Starting at page two, the paragraph should be a maximum of 120 words. The most important details of your research paper should be highlighted. Label abbreviations and special terms (except units of measurement). Cite previous research on your topic in this section.

Next is the introduction. Put the background information andpurpose of your research paper, present your problem, explain why the problem is important, and identify works which are applicable to the paper in this section. You also need to put your hypothesis and your variables in the introduction section.

In the method section, mention information to the reader so that he or she can repeat your experiment. Separate the section into three categories: participants,
materials, and procedures. For the participants section, discuss how you
selected the participants, the number of the participants you selected, and how you divided the number of participants in each sample. In the materials section, tell about the utensils that you used. In the procedure, make sure that you have an outline of your research paper.

The results summarize the statistics and data of your experiment in your research paper. Data and tables should be in this section.

The discussion page should begin with a statement which contradicts or supports your original hypothesis. If others have previously completed similar research, compare and contrast their research with your research. And, make a statement on your conclusions.

List the sources of your research paper on your references page. To properly source your references, go to the Purdue OWL Writing Lab
(http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).

The appendices provide information that would not be appropriate to include in the main body of your research paper. If you have appendices, name them with “Appendix A,” “Appendix B,” et. cetera.

Research methodology is the way that a research paper is formatted. This article views how the APA formats a typical research paper.

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