A Step-By-Step Guide for APA Style Student Papers

Sponsored by APA Style
Recorded on 09/10/2020

Posted in Library Instruction


Start the semester right with an in-depth webinar on creating accurate and complete APA Style student papers. In this webinar, APA Style experts will show simple ways to set up student papers (typeface, line spacing, margins, page numbers, etc.), with an emphasis on how default word-processing software settings align with seventh edition style. The experts will then focus on the sections included in all student papers: title page, text, and reference list, with a brief discussion of tables and figures as well. They will walk through the elements needed for each section and then systematically address any needs for different typeface, line spacing, and alignment within those sections—for example, how those factors affect the format of headings, section labels, block quotations, and table and figure labels. The session will conclude with final steps for organizing papers and strengthening their overall quality and presentation.

Guidelines for both student and professional papers appear in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Only the student-specific guidance appears in the Concise Guide to APA Style, which is designed for undergraduate writing, including student papers and other course assignments. The annotated diagrams shown during the webinar will also be available as free instructional aids on the APA Style website (apastyle.apa.org) after the session to allow students, instructors, and librarians to use them as they create their own APA Style student papers.


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    Hayley S. Kamin, Chelsea L. Lee, and Timothy L. McAdoo

    Hayley S. Kamin, Chelsea L. Lee, and Timothy L. McAdoo are Content Development Managers with the APA Style team of the American Psychological Association. They are members of the team responsible for writing and updating the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Together, the three of them have fielded more than 30,000 questions, written hundreds of blog posts, and spoken to countless people about APA Style. They are passionate about APA Style and excited to pass on their knowledge of effective scholarly communication; citations and references; and ethical, inclusive, and accessible writing.