Show Me How to Write a Research Paper in APA Format

There are two main formats for essays in school. The MLA and the APA have very different guidelines, so always make sure to know what format your teacher wants you to use. The APA is often used in math and science and the MLA is often used for Humanities such as history and for English. The APA is an easy to follow format and the letters APA stand for American Psychological Association.


You will need a title page with your name, paper title, teacher name, school, and date all centered in the middle of the page. Make sure to use a plain font like Arial and to use a size twelve font. LA ways make sure to double-space the lines in your APA paper.


The abstract of the APA paper is a brief summary of what the paper is about and what the paper will prove. The abstract should run about one and a half pages to two pages long. It should not be too detailed. It should, however, be very clear about what it is trying to prove.

Main Body Part

The main body part is the proving of your thesis. You will need to methodically support each of the statements you make with credible and valid expert opinions, quotes, data, interviews, case studies, and graphics.

Your teacher may want you to include graphics, charts, and photos in your paper. Make sure to ask your teacher if this is needed. If it is a science APA paper, you may have to include laboratory reports or results in the paper. Always follow the teacher’s directions exactly.


At the end of your APA style paper, you will need to note your references on a Works Cited or Bibliography page. Ask your teacher if you need to have any annotations on this paper. The teacher will decide this.

In-Text Citations

In the actual paper, you will need to cite the work you used that is not your own. Immediately after the work, you will place the citation. Within parentheses it will have the author’s last name, then a comma, and then the year of publication. Make sure to close out your parentheses after the year of publication is noted. If you follow these guidelines, you will find that writing your APA style paper is a snap to complete.

Tips to consider

Start writing with brainstorming.Any essay or research paper start with creating an interesting and unique topic. Most students find it hard to make up a topic that would interest the professor. The easiest solution is check the available college paper examples available online for free use. Read the topics, write down the ones you like, conduct a research and give birth to a great topic of your own. The alternative way is to read a newspapers, watch a television program and write about any current issue going on in the world.

Proofread and edit your draft.Make sure to check your final draft before submitting it to your school. Most students are so happy they've finally finished writing their essay or research paper, they forget to spell-check and search for grammar and punctuation mistakes. Most professional writers even use the help of editors (and actually pay them for their services) to ensure the paper is coherent, well-structured and flows well.

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