Use the following as guidelines for preparing your APA style Research paper:
• 3 pages (750) not including the title or reference page
• Use 12 point font (preferably New Times Roman)
• Entire manuscript is double-spaced, including the Title page and Reference page
• Use 1” margins on all sides of paper for the entire body of the manuscript.
o You can assign margins easily in the top menu bar under File>Page Setup>Margins tab
• Manuscript page header and page number: Each page, including the title page, must have the manuscript header and the page number in the upper right hand corner.
o The manuscript page header consists of a shortened title, usually the first 2 or at most 3 words of the title (see title page example).
o The manuscript page header is placed 5 spaces to the left of the page number
o Use numerals 1, 2, 3 and so on for the page numbers
o To set this up automatically on your document, use the Header and Footer feature found under the View menu.
• NOTE: Do not confuse the Manuscript page header with the Running head.
• The Title page is page one of the manuscript and has the manuscript header and page number in the upper right corner. The information on the title page is centered horizontally on each line, and centered top to bottom on the page. The title page must include the following:
o Title of paper in Upper and Lower Case (example: Radiation and the Dental Hygienist)
• Note: avoid using titles such as Chapter 3 Assignment for the title
o Course name and number (example: DES 1200 Dental Radiology)
o Student Name (do not include credentials such as RDH, etc)
o Institution name (Miami Dade College)
• On page two of the manuscript, repeat the title of the paper (in Upper and Lower Case) centered at the top of the page. Then double space and begin the text of your manuscript
• Title page and Reference pages are separate pages
• Indent the first line of every paragraph 5 – 7 spaces
• Quoting word-for-word: You must include a page number in your citation for any word-for-word quote. Example: (Davis, 2006, p. 24) If no page number is found, as with some electronic data, then you cannot give a page number in your citation
o When quoting less than 40 words, the passage being quoted is placed in quotation marks, with the proper citation.
o When quoting more than 40 words display the quote in freestanding block format. In a block quote the entire quote is indented 5-7 spaces and quotation marks are omitted.
• Paraphrasing: Paraphrasing means that you have summarized information from a resource, rather than quoting word-for-word. When paraphrasing, you should include the author, year, etc. in the correct citation; however page numbers are NOT used in the citation for paraphrased data.
• Using Numbers: The basic rule for using numbers is to use words to represent numbers below 10 (for example type four rather than 4) and use figures for numbers 10 and above (for example type 12 rather than twelve). If the number is the first word in the sentence, always use the word rather than the figure. Please see the APA manual for other rules regarding use of numbers in the manuscript.
• Citations: In a research paper, you must have citations throughout the manuscript to indicate where the thoughts and ideas were taken.
o Each and every citation in the manuscript must be listed on the Reference page.
o Each and every resource listed on the Reference page must be cited somewhere in the manuscript.
• 2 authors: always cite both names
• 3-6 authors, cite all authors first time, but only 1 surname followed by et al., and year in subsequent citations
o Please use the APA manual for specific instructions on the proper format for citations in your manuscript and format for resources listed on the Reference page.
• Reference Page: The Reference page is a separate page at the end of the document, is double-spaced, and contains the manuscript header and sequential page number.
o Center the title “References” at top of the page and organize the list alphabetically by author’s last name.
o Use a hanging indent style for the list.
o Use only the initials for the author’s first name. Ex: Davis, M.J.
o The name of a Journal appears in uppercase and lowercase letters and is italicized. Do not abbreviate journals: for example use Journal of American Dental Association, not JADA
o The name of the article is not italicized and only the first word is capitalized. Ex: Davis, M.J. (2004). Job satisfaction survey, Journal of Dental Hygiene, 59, 781-785.
o The name of a book or textbook is also italicized, and only first letter of the first word of the book title and subtitles is capitalized
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