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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.

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

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  • 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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