Research papers written in APA style include four major sections. These sections include:
APA style title pages are centered horizontally and vertically. It consists of the title of your paper, your name and institution. For dissertations, it should also include the degree you are submitting the dissertation for, the month and the year. The title page should be numbered the first page. A running head should appear in the upper left-hand corner of your paper [Please note that title pages of Alliant dissertations should not include a running head. See the Formatting Manual for more information]. The running head should be typed in UPPERCASE letters and be no more than 50 characters long. Some programs differ in their requirements for a page number and running head, so check your program's guidelines.
Running Head: HOW TO USE APA
An abstract is a brief (150 to 250 words) but thorough description of your problem, findings and summaries. If you performed an experiment, your methodology and findings should be described. Your abstract should be one paragraph with no indentation.
Running head and pages are still present in the main body of your dissertation.
The running head and page numbers also continue onto your reference section. Center the word "References" and continue to use double spacing throughout this page. References must have a hanging indent and follow the APA formatting described throughout this guide.
This exercise will take you step-by-step through the mechanices of formatting your manuscript so that it conforms to the APA 6th edition and also the NNU Guidelines required for submitting a dissertation or master's thesis for publication to your program and to the NNU Library for publication.
1. Download the Dummy doc and open in Word.
2. Open up the APA Formatting exercise in another window and/or watch the video tutorials. Follow these instructions carefully and apply each step to the "Dummy Doc" that you have opened in Word. Each heading in the exercise is also a link to the animated tutorial demonstrating exactly how to do each step. Follow these instructions in the order given and you will be on your way!
All of these video tutorials are based on Microsoft Office Word 2010 for PC
Modifying the document layout (changing margins, font, alignment of title page)
Inserting manual page breaks and section breaks (title,abstract, table of contents, and body)
Inserting page numbers in the footer (switching from Roman to Arabic, or no page numbers)
Creating reusable styles to conform to APA Heading types
Formatting entire document for APA style
Inserting citations and creating reference /bibliography page
Creating table of contents (so that page numbers align)
Saving as a template for future use