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What is APA Style and Why Is It Important?
What is APA Style?
APA Style was developed by the American Psychological Association and refers to a set of guidelines and conventions used to format research papers, in-text citations, and lists of references. These guidelines dictate certain rules about how to do the spacing, font, margins, headers, and citations within your paper. By applying these rules, you can ensure that your instructor will focus on the content of your paper, rather than the manner of presentation.
Benefits of using APA Style:
- Your work will be easier to read and understand.
- Using rules on mechanics and style will improve your written communication skills.
- APA style provides a standard, consistent system for giving credit to others for their ideas. Following these guidelines will help you to avoid plagiarism in your writing.
- APA Style is widely accepted and is commonly used in professional publications.
The Order of Sections in Your APA Paper
The sections of your paper will follow a defined order: title page, abstract, main body, references. For each section, see the corresponding tab at the top of the page for the rules to follow for proper APA formatting.
The Writing Center is a great support service for students, which can help you improve your writing skills. You can also check out their pages on KC Portal and Facebook.
If you would like to visit the Writing Center in person, it is best to make an appointment first. You can do so by visiting their website. However, walk-ins are also welcome! You can also set up a virtual chat by emailing email@example.com.
To get feedback on your writing, you can upload your paper to the Writing Center at this link: http://keuka.mywconline.com/. Your paper will be returned within 48 hours with comments and suggestions added.
You can call the Writing Center at this number: 315-279-5108
If you need extra help with your formatting and citations, you can also email the librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
The Writing Center has also provided several resources on their website, including an APA Template for Microsoft Word and a concise guide for all things about writing. See the links below for these.