QuickSheet APA 6th Ed - The Basic Mechanics

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This is "the basic mechanics" that are required for writing in APA 6th edition writing style.

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QuickSheet APA 6th Ed - The Basic Mechanics

  1. 1. APA 6th Basic FormattingBasic Formatting – The Paper APA 6th Edition LocationPage Size: 8.5” x 11”Margins: 1” on all sides Chapter 8: Section 8.03 – Margins (p. 229)Line Spacing: Double spaced for whole document Chapter 8: Section 8.03 – Line spacing (p. 229)Font Type: Times New Roman (serif typeface) Chapter 8: Section 8.03 – Typeface (p. 228)Font Size: 12 pt Chapter 8: Section 8.03 – Typeface (p. 228)Alignment: Flush-left style (right margin is uneven) Chapter 8: Section 8.03 – Line length and alignment (p. 229)Paragraph and indentation: Indent the first line of every Chapter 8: Section 8.03 – Paragraph andparagraph and footnote. Use the tab key, which should be set at indentation (p. 229)five to seven spaces or a ½”Page Headers: 1) Title page: “Running head: SHORT TITLE” with Chapter 8: Section 8.03 – Title Page (p.page number; 2) Page 2 – n: SHORT TITLE with page number on 229)all pages after title pageHeaders: Chapter 3: Section 3.03 – Levels of Heading Header1 Centered, Bold, Mixed Case (pp. 63 - 64)Header 2 Flushed Left, Bold, Mixed Case Chapter 2: Figure 2.1 – Sample Papers (p.Header 3 flushed left, first letter capitalized, bold. 44)Header 4 flushed left, fist letter capitalized, bold, italicized.Header 5 flushed left, first letter capitalized, italicized.Spacing After Punctuation: One space after punctuation, i.e., Chapter 4: Section 4.01 – Spacing Aftercomma, semi-colon, colon, period, etc. Punctuation MarksAbstract: 1) 150-250 words, 2) starts on 2nd page of paper, 3) Chapter 2: Section 2.04 – Abstract (pp. 25 –double spaced, 4) no paragraph indentation used, 5) the entire 27)abstract is left aligned, 6) page begins with title “Abstract” inmixed case and is not boldLength: The optimal length to effectively communicate the Chapter 3: Section 3.01 – Length (p. 61)primary ideas. RULE: “less is more”Writing Style: Clear communication that uses continuity in Chapter 3: Sections 3.05 – 3.10 (pp. 65 –presentation of ideas, smoothness of expression, tone, 70)economy of expression, precision and clarity, and linguisticdevices.Voice: Third person point of view and active voice Chapter 3: Section 3.09 – Precision and Clarity: Attribution (pp. 69 -70) Chapter 3: Section 3.18 – Verbs (p. 77)11/14/2011 © Michelle Post, Ph.D.

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