FORBES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
These standards are excerpted from the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, published in 2010. These standards are intended to provide an overview of APA formatting necessary for the Forbes School of Business, writing assignments.
Standard 1: Manuscript Elements
Left, top, bottom, and right margins should be 1 inch.
Paper is prepared in Times New Roman, 12-point font and is double-spaced throughout. Page numbers are Arabic numerals in the upper right corner of each page, ½ inch from the top, and are consecutive from the title page through any appendices. Preliminary pages contain numbers in lowercase Roman numerals. Title Page
Requirements (in order):
A Running Head
The term “Running head: YOUR TITLE” appears on first page (i.e. Title Page) in the header. All subsequent pages contain YOUR TITLE, but do not include the words “Running head,” which is only for the title page. The running head needs to be left justified and on the same line as the page number throughout the document.
The running head can be the title of the manuscript or a shortened version of it.
The title should concisely reflect the main idea of the manuscript. The title should be typed with initial capitalizations for nouns, verbs, adjectives, and any prepositions five or more letters in length. The title should be centered between the left and right margins, and positioned in the upper half of the page.
Recommended title length: no more than 12 words.
Course Name and Number
An abstract is a brief comprehensive summary of the contents of the manuscript and it allows readers to survey the contents of the manuscript quickly. An abstract should only be included if the manuscript is longer than 15-double spaced pages, excluding the title page and reference page.
Sample Formatted Paper: http://awc.ashford.edu/research-papers-sample.html
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