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Example of APA Format

APA (American Psychological Association) Formatting and Style

APA is most commonly used format to write papers and cite sources for publications in APS (American Physical Society) journals and social sciences. According to APA the format was developed to 'move the idea forward with a minimum of distraction and a maximum of precision'. Following key rules should be followed by an author writing a formal paper in APA format.

  • Standard 8.5 x 11-inch white paper
  • 1 inch margin on top, bottom, left and right
  • 10 pt. or 12 pt. Legitimate font (Times New Roman is most commonly used)
  • Double-spaced text throughout the paper
  • Indent the first line of every paragraph one half-inch from the left margin
  • Every page must have a header with (shortened or complete) title of the paper in capital letters on the left margin and page number on the right margin
  • The paper should be divided into four sections including Title Page, Abstract, Main Body and References

Given below is a sample formal paper in APA format titled 'Strategies to Quit Smoking - A Deadly Habit' with standard recommendations.

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