Tips on Writing APA Style
If youâre a student in one of Concordeâs more than 20 health care programs, you probably have been or will in the future be asked to write a paper using APA style. That can seem like a daunting task at first, especially if youâre unaccustomed to it. So, as you pursue your health care training, we thought weâd offer some tips to help you familiarize yourself with APA style.
What is APA format?Whether youâre taking an introductory or a graduate-level class, chances are that you will have to write at least one paper. In almost every case, youâll need to write your paper in APA format, the official publication style of the American Psychological Association. APA format dictates presentation aspects of your paper, including spacing, margins and how the content is structured. Not only does adhering to APA style allow readers to know what to expect, it also means your work will not lose critical points over minor formatting errors. The website VeryWell.com recently published an article that offered some basic tips on how to correctly utilize APA style as you pursue your health care training.
Basics of an APA format essay
- There should be a uniform margin of one inch at the top, bottom, left and right margins of the paper.
- Use double spacing.
- Every page of the paper should include a running head at the top left. The running head is a shortened form of the title and should be no more than 50 characters.
- Every page should include a page number in the top right corner.
- Every essay should have a title page that includes the title, your name and school affiliation. In some instances, your instructor might require additional information such as course title, instructor name and the date.
- Titles should be concise and succinct and should be no longer than 12 words.
- You must include a reference list at the end of the paper of all sources cited. They should be listed alphabetically by the last name of the author.
- The first word of each paragraph should be indented one-half inch.
- The APA recommends using Times New Roman size 12 font.
- While formatting requirements might vary, APA-style essays typically include a title page, abstract, introduction, body, conclusion and reference sections.