(This version of the template published on 5 November 2012)
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A written assignment of four pages or more must also include a separate page, following the title page, with a single paragraph of 120–175 words of abstract (less than ½ of a page). The paragraph style for this is APA 6 Abstract. The title page, abstract page (if present) and reference list do not count toward the page total for a written assignment. As a rule of thumb, write the abstract after your paper is complete. There is no need to write an abstract from scratch; you may include sentences—sentences you have written, not literal quotations of others’ writing—copied from your paper. Include keywords. If you need to know what goes into an abstract, consult the APA Publication Manual (2010, pp. 25–27, p. 41). Paper Title
This template contains formatting and explanatory text in conformance with sixth edition style of the American Psychological Association (APA). Further information is available at the online Sullivan University APA 6 Guide at http://libguides.sullivan.edu/apa. Course assignments may specify formatting different from the information given here. The introduction to your paper follows the paper’s title on a new page. It does not have a heading of its own, though each subsequent section (including your conclusions) should have a heading that reflects its contribution to the overall structure of your paper. The introduction should explain the topic of the paper, why it is relevant to the reader, and why it is of interest to you, the author (APA, 2010, pp. 27–28). This template provides automatic page numbering. The text of a paper with no abstract and with no table of contents starts on page 2. Formatting appears as Microsoft Word paragraph and character styles, whose names are underlined for clarity in this document. This underlining is not part of APA style. To save this document as a Word template, use File->Save As and select Document Template. This allows you to create a new APA document with File->New by selecting the template on your computer. Text from this document that you remove from the template will not appear in new documents created from the template; all the APA formatting styles will remain. A document template is not a form. It does not let you enter all the required sections of an APA document in sequence. Instead, it offers all the paragraph and character styles necessary to present text in APA format. You, the author, must associate your text with the appropriate paragraph and character styles; to do this in Microsoft Word 2007 or later, use the list of Styles in the Styles area on the Home tab (see Figure 1).
Using the Running Head, Title, Headings and Normal Text
Though it is widely used for written assignments in college programs, APA style is designed for submitting scholarly papers for publication. The running head is a publisher’s term for a shortened form of the title at the top of every page, with a different format for the title page. Type the text of your running head directly in the page 1 and page 2 header. Enter the title of your paper in two places: (a) the title page, and (b) at the top of the first page of the Introduction. The title should use title case; most words should start with an upper-case letter (APA, 2010, p. 62). Your class instructor may require headings. Headings identify sections and subsections. The headings of different levels form an outline (APA, 2010, p. 70) of your paper’s structure and content. Your outline should include an Introduction plus more than one section. This means that every paper must have at least two headings at the highest level. A page break forces the highest-level heading for the following section to the top of the next page. Do not force a heading to the top of a new page unless the heading would otherwise appear at the very bottom of the previous...
Citations: & Bibliography tools on the References tab. This will place a reference list entry for every source that you have cited in your paper.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Anderson, M., Angeli, E., Brizee, A., Keck, R., Lawrick, E., Moore, K., Soderlund, L. & Wagner, J. (2010, December 2). Reference list: Author/authors. Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/06
Kelly, G. A. (1963). A theory of personality: The psychology of personal constructs. New York, NY: Norton.
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