APA Research Paper Writing Recommendations

Abstract
According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (2009), an abstract serves as a summary of your paper. The abstract for your senior research paper will give a brief overview of the topic you explore in your paper. You will write your abstract after you write your entire paper. Your abstract will describe your specific topic, the subject(s) you explored, and the conclusions you have drawn. An abstract should only be 100-150 words in length. Type it as a single paragraph in block format.

Using APA Format for Your Senior English Research Paper
Page 3 is the first actual page of your research paper. Your full title should be typed on the first line of this page. Obviously, your first paragraph is your introduction. Keep in mind throughout your paper that you should not have any one-sentence paragraphs. In addition, a paragraph should never be longer than one full double-spaced page.

Below is the current APA formatting for levels of headings. Most likely, you may only need to use Level 1 headings. However, in certain cases, it may be necessary for you to break down your paper further than a single level. Please note that you should not indicate the level of a heading within the heading itself. Simply follow the below directions to differentiate among the five levels.

Level 1: Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading

Level 2: Flush left , Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading

Level 3: Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.

Level 4: Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.

Level 5: Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.