Running head: ASSIGNMENT TITLE HERE1Typing Template for APA Papers: A Sample of Proper Formatting for the APA 6th Edition StudentA. SampleGrand Canyon University: <Course><Date><Note: Even though APA does not require thedate on a title page, it is a requirement for GCU papers.> ASSIGNMENT TITLE HERE2Typing Template for APA Papers: A Sample of Proper Formatting for the APA 6th EditionThis is an electronic template for papers written in APA style (American PsychologicalAssociation, 2010). The purpose of the template is to help the student set the margins andspacing. Margins are set at 1 inch for top, bottom, left, and right. The type is left-justified only—that means the left margin is straight, but the right margin is ragged. Each paragraph is indentedfive spaces. It is best to use the tab key to indent. The line spacing is double throughout thepaper, even on the reference page. One space is used after punctuation at the end of sentences.The font style used in this template is Times New Roman and the font size is 12.First HeadingThe heading above would be used if you want to have your paper divided into sectionsbased on content. This is the first level of heading, and it is centered and bolded with each wordof four letters or more capitalized. The heading should be a short descriptor of the section. Notethat not all papers will have headings or subheadings in them.First SubheadingThe subheading above would be used if there are several sections within the topic labeledin a heading. The subheading is flush left and bolded, with each word of four letters or morecapitalized.Second SubheadingAPA dictates that you should avoid having only one subsection heading and subsectionwithin a section. In other words, use at least two subheadings under a main heading, or do notuse any at all.When you are ready to write, and after having read these instructions completely, you candelete these directions and start typing. The formatting should stay the same. However, one item ASSIGNMENT TITLE HEREthat you will have to change is the page header, which is placed at the top of each page alongwith the page number. The words included in the page header should be reflective of the title ofyour paper, so that if the pages are intermixed with other papers they will be identifiable. Whenusing Word 2003, double click on the words in the page header. This should enable you to editthe words. You should not have to edit the page numbers.In addition to spacing, APA style includes a special way of citing resource articles. Seethe APA manual for specifics regarding in-text citations. The APA manual also discusses thedesired tone of writing, grammar, punctuation, formatting for numbers, and a variety of otherimportant topics. Although the APA style rules are used in this template, the purpose of thetemplate is only to demonstrate spacing and the general parts of the paper. The student will needto refer to the APA manual for other format directions. GCU has prepared an APA Style Guideavailable in the Student Writing Center for additional help in correctly formatting according toAPA style.The reference list should appear at the end of a paper (see the next page). It provides theinformation necessary for a reader to locate and retrieve any source you cite in the body of thepaper. Each source you cite in the paper must appear in your reference list; likewise, each entryin the reference list must be cited in your text. A sample reference page is included below; thispage includes examples of how to format different reference types (e.g., books, journal articles,information from a website). The examples on the following page include examples takendirectly from the APA manual.3 ASSIGNMENT TITLE HERE4ReferencesAmerican Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American PsychologicalAssociation (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.Daresh, J. C. (2004). Beginning the assistant principalship: A practical guide for new schooladministrators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survivaltimes of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225-229. doi:10.1037/02786184.108.40.206U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart,Lung, and Blood Institute. (2003). Managing asthma: A guide for schools (NIHPublication No. 02-2650). Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/asthma/asth_sch.pdf
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