APA stands for American Psychological Association. APA
is a standard scientific writing developed by social and behavioral scientists.
The scientists composed it as a “standard or procedure, to which exceptions
would doubtless be necessary, but to which reference might be made in cases of
doubt” (Bentley et al., 1929, p. 57). Term
papers, research reports, case studies and many others follow APA style as a standard
structure of APA style is diving the writings into different sections such as
title, abstract, introduction, reference list etc.
The formatting in APA style is maintaining
keen observation to mechanical details such as line spacing, margins, and page
headers. Few format rules followed in the APA style are double-spacing the manuscript;
indent the first line of the paragraph by one-half inch; align text to
left-hand margin leaving a “ragged” right margin. It also contains the order of
the page alignments such as title page being the first, abstract as the second
page and all the references will be at the end of the paper on the last page.
Headings are the keywords of the documents, which
helps the readers to understand the context of the document clearly. APA style
of writing has five different types of headers starting from level 1 until
level 5. Each level of heading will have a unique way of writing which helps
users to capture the specifics. For example, level 1 heading is a centered,
boldface, uppercase and lowercase heading.
Writing Clearing and
style prefers the paper to include main points and concentrates on the
specifics of the page. Mentioning references only when required and avoiding
gratuitous content is are very important. In addition, labels must be very
sensitive, as this style needs the user to use only the preferable names and
acknowledging the participation is another important feature of APA style.
Cite is mentioning the work done by
others accurately, which directly implies to your work. APA style uses the
author-date citation. Publication year follows the author last name for in text
and for any quotations, page number follows the author name and year. Author
names follow in alphabetical order.
The reference list consists of the sources used for
submitting the person’s work. It is a mandate to have all the citation as part
of the reference list. Each reference consists of the name of the authors, date
of publication, the title of the work and data. Books, podcasts, journal
article etc. comes under the different type of references being used. Each type
of reference has a specific format to mention it.