0:00 About this Video
0:53 Margins, Font, Line Spacing
5:45 Title Page
7:11 Running Head
14:32 Section Headings
18:21 Closing Remarks
This video will show you how to set up your paper using the latest version of APA Style for Microsoft Word 2016 on Windows. The steps are very similar on older versions of Word for Windows, if not the same. On Word for Mac, I believe the steps are the same, but the interface is different.
For how to make a Reference List:
For how to use In-Text Citations and Quotations:
For how to create a Running Head on Google Docs:
For more information about APA Style, pick up the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, or browse through the resources at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):
I'm pretty comfortable formatting APA papers but I always refer to this video to do a final check before submitting. I also love that you've given time stamps for specific content, I really appreciate that!
This is great, but what about level 3 headings? They are driving me mad, because they occur at the beginnings of paragraphs and have a period, just like a sentence. This becomes an issue when building a table of contents, because level 3 headings are not automatically recognized. Please help! I tried using field codes, but I couldn't figure out how to make them not appear in the document.
Nobody explains how to set up the styles for numbering subheadings without showing the number in first level. If you have Chapter I, Chapter II and so on, you will need to number your subheadings: 1.1 1.2... for Chapter I; and 2.1 2.2... for Chapter II, but you don't wanna show 1. Chapter I nor 2. Chapter II. I've been looking for how to do that, and nobody on the internet explains it. Is it just me who has that problem?
No need for a section break to make the first page different. Click into the header and check the box at the top called "Different First Page" You described the abstract as a brief overview of what is to come. You wrote an introduction and not an abstract. An abstract lists one or two main points about the paper and then talks about the research that went into writing the paper. It should not be an overview of the paper. More of a behind the scenes look at what went into writing the paper. Save the intro for the body of text.
YES!! I was just going to add this as my comment until I saw yours. I would never use a section break. The easiest and correct way to ensure the first page has the Running head is to check off "Different First Page" option in the header menu. MS Word has a lot of great (widely unknown) features for APA Style.
I used to teach APA to struggling adult learners who were nearly on the verge of dropping out or on the University's warning list. I loved it and all my students - every one of them made it to graduation. Its been a few years now so I am taking a moment to brush up on some skills but I am finding it is like riding a bike! I'm back on!! LOL
I do have another video that covers journal articles, books, and book chapters, since those are the most commonly cited sources in papers. I suggest the Purdue OWL for websites and other miscellaneous items.
I keep coming back to this as the last step of my papers because I cannot remember how to correctly do the running head from paper to paper. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yours is the last voice of reason before I submit my papers! : )
@Samuel Forlenza Thanks for the answer ^^ I'm actually torn between what my graduate school requires and what my supervisor (who's a teacher at another institution) demands. So I guess I'll have to show her samples from my institution, right?
In all likelihood, you either didn't use a Next Page Section Break (and either pressed the return key a bunch or used a Page Break) or are clicking on the header in the first page instead of the second page.
Thank you so much for this video. I use PERRLA to write my APA papers, however if you manually change anything in it the format is thrown off, so your video helped me reformat everything!!! You helped me beyond measure!!
If I'm understanding your question correctly, my keyboard has both a Backspace key (which deletes from right to left) and a Delete key (which deletes from left to right). Small keyboards might not have both.
Thank you very much for this detailed video. It has been years since I wrote a paper and could not, for the life of me, figure out how to take 'Running head' out of the header for all the subsequent pages following the title page. Great help. Thanks again.
You can do this!!!! Take it one step at a time. There is a software that I am using called PERRLA and it makes it a lot easier. I know that they have a 30 day free trial so you might want to try it. DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!
If you are using other sources for information in your paper, then yes, references are necessary. You need to let your readers know which parts of your paper are not your original thoughts, ideas, etc., and you do that by using in-text citations and then having a complete reference list at the end. You don't want to take credit for someone else's work or present another person's ideas as your own (which is plagiarism). Now, if you're not including any outside sources, then there would be nothing to cite or reference, so a reference list would not be needed.
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