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How To Write A Perfect APA Research Paper

An APA research paper requires you to concentrate on the work that has already been done previously, highlight who and how it was conducted, and make your conclusions. Here are some tips on how to write a perfect APA research paper:

  • Use the appropriate tenses and voices.
  • Since the proceedings were completed earlier, the past tense should be used. The experiment can be better emphasized with the usage of the passive voice, while the active voice benefits generalizations and personal comments.

  • Include proper formatting.
  • The whole paper needs to be double spaced. You need to leave margins of at least 1 inch at each side of every page.

  • Avoid plagiarism.
  • Enclose direct quotes in quotation marks, and always acknowledge all of the used sources with in-text citations, which later need to be listed on a reference page. If you take somebody else's ideas or paraphrase another person's words, be sure to use your own language and writing style - don't simply rearrange the sentences.

  • Do not use any personal stories.
  • You should not include any information that is not related to the research, such as family, personal, or job episodes.

  • Write the paper according to the APA work structure.
  • Include the following parts:

    • Title page. It should contain the name of both the paper and the author, placed in the center. The running head (the short version of the title) and the page number should be at the top.
    • Abstract. It follows the title page and shortly describes the work in just a few sentences. It should be the only text on the page.
    • Introduction. Clearly describe the investigated topic, tell about what is already known and state your hypothesis.
    • Method. It describes who participated in the research, what materials were used, and how the study was conducted. Lay out the experiment step-by-step and use time transitions such as “then” and “later.”
    • Results. This part includes the statistics, numbers, and interpretations of them. The assumption is restated and explained based on the received information.
    • Discussion. An opinion on the initial hypothesis – whether it was confirmed or not. A statement on the importance of the findings and the foreseeing of further research should also be included here.
    • References. All of the citations are to be put in alphabetical order in this part.

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