Introduction APA stands for American Psychological Association. APAis a standard scientific writing developed by social and behavioral scientists.The scientists composed it as a “standard or procedure, to which exceptionswould doubtless be necessary, but to which reference might be made in cases ofdoubt” (Bentley et al., 1929, p.
57). Termpapers, research reports, case studies and many others use APA style as a standardfor writing. ManuscriptStructureManuscriptstructure of the APA style is diving the writings into different sections suchas title, abstract, introduction, reference list etc. Format The formatting in APA style is maintainingkeen observation to mechanical details such as line spacing, margins, and pageheaders. Few format rules presented in the APA style are double-spacing theentire manuscript; indent the first line of the paragraph by one-half inch;align text to left-hand margin leaving a “ragged” right margin. It alsocontains the order of the page alignments such as title page being the first,abstract as the second page and all the references will be at the end of thepaper on the last page.
Headings Headings are the keywords of the documents, whichhelps the readers to understand the context of the document clearly. APA styleof writing has five different types of headers starting from level 1 untillevel 5. Each level of heading will have a unique way of writing which helpsusers to capture the specifics. For example, level 1 heading is a centered,boldface, uppercase and lowercase heading. Writing Clearing andConcisely APAstyle prefers the paper to include main points and concentrates on thespecifics of the page. Mentioning references only when required and avoidinggratuitous content is are very important. In addition, labels must be verysensitive, as this style needs the user to use only the preferable names andacknowledging the participation is another important feature of APA style.
Citing References Cite is mentioning the work done byothers accurately, which directly implies to your work. APA style uses theauthor-date citation. Publication year follows the author last name for in textand for any quotations, page number follows the author name and year.
Authornames follow in alphabetical order. References The reference list consists of the sources used forsubmitting the person’s work. It is a mandate to have all the citation as partof the reference list. Each reference consists of name of the authors, date ofpublication, title of the work and data. Books, podcasts, journal article etc.
comes under the different type of references being used. Each type of referencehas a specific format to mention it.