Sample Apa Paper

APA Writing Style and Mechanics: A User's Guide

Student Name
University of Phoenix
PS01BBM00X; GEN300: Skills for Professional Development
Faculty Name
February 18, 2007

APA Writing Style and Mechanics: A User’s Guide
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Publication Manual (American Psychological Association [APA], 2001) began as an article published in Psychological Bulletin in 1929. That article reported results of a 1928 meeting of scholars "to discuss the form of journal manuscripts and to write instructions for their preparation" (APA, 2001, p. xix). Today the manual is in its fifth edition, and the APA format described in it is a widely recognized standard for scientific writing (i.e., scholarly or professional writing) in the social sciences. Although the stylebook is designed to prepare manuscripts for publication, many colleges and journals have adopted its use as a guide to achieve uniformity and consistency (Cuddy, 2002). Writing in the style prescribed by the Publication Manual can be a daunting experience for students; however, as with all new skills, “practice makes perfect” (P. Proofreader, personal communication, June 28, 2004). This paper presents a review of APA information and writing tips most often used by University of Phoenix (UOP) undergraduate and graduate programs. However, this document is no substitute for the Publication Manual itself, which all students should purchase. While APA formatting software is available from a number of vendors, students are discouraged from purchasing it due to the inconsistency of formatting specific to UOP papers.
Format Considerations
This section presents and discusses some of the more commonly used rules and formats from the Publication Manual. Please note however, that some assignments may require unique formatting and students should consult with faculty for clarification.

Correct Margins

Margins are required to be one inch equally (top, bottom, left,...