The whole text should be typed flush-left with each paragraph's first line indented 5-7 spaces from the left. Text Citations are important to avoid issues of plagiarism.
When documenting source materials, the author/s and date/s of the sources should be cited within the body of the paper.
Footnotes are occasionally used to back up substantial information in your text.
They can be found centered on the first line below the Running Head, numbered as they are identified in the text. Tables are used to present quantitative data or statistical results of analyses.
It’s helpful to break down the paper into smaller sections and tackle each section in turn.
Reading published papers that are similar to yours will likewise give you some insight into the correct layout.
The APA writing style has evolved through time and several changes have been adapted in response to the electronic information age.
What follows are some useful pointers for those of you who have been asked to write a paper using the APA format.
Understandably, it can be overwhelming to compile a paper that conforms to all these rules!
But remember that when in doubt you can always consult your supervisor, who will have more insight about the writing conventions in your field.