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5.6: APA Order of Major Sections

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  • Careful adherence to these conventions is likely to make a good initial impression on the reader, while carelessness may have the opposite effect. When the major sections of a paper are carefully arranged in the appropriate order, the reader may be more inclined to show an interest in the paper’s ideas.

    How should the major sections of an APA-style paper be arranged?

    • Title Page : acts as the first major section of the document
      • Presents a running head and begins the document’s pagination
      • Includes the paper’s full title centered in the upper half of the page
      • Contains the name(s) of the writer(s) and their institutional affiliation
    • Abstract : acts as the second major section of the document
      • Presents a single-paragraph summary of the paper’s contents
      • Contains approximately 150 to 250 words
      • Includes select keywords for easy access by researchers
    • Main Body : acts as the third major section of the document
      • Presents a report of the writer(s)’ research and findings
      • Includes four sections (typically): the introduction, method, results, and discussion
      • Provides the reader with pertinent information about the paper’s topic
    • References page : acts as the fourth major section of the document
      • Presents a compilation of the sources cited in the paper
      • Provides a comprehensive list of works that appear as in-text citations in the paper
      • Details the full source information for each entry
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