The main body is the heart of your paper. It starts on page 3. If there is not an abstract, the main body will start on page 2.
NOTE: What is included in the main body of your paper will depend on what type of paper you are writing. Be sure that you understand what is expected (i.e., the type of paper, the number of pages, the number of references, etc.).
When writing the paper, you will need to document your sources within the body of the paper with in-text citations.
Center the paper's complete title at the top of the page (under the running head and page number). Capitalize proper nouns and the first letter of the words with more than 4 letters. The first letter of the first word of the title and subtitle (if any) must be capitalized.
The rest of the paper is left-aligned and double-spaced with 1" margins. The paragraphs are indented. (NOTE: There are some exceptions, including block quotations of 40 or more words).
Here are step-by-step instructions on formatting the main body of the paper:
You can view an example of the Main Body of the Paper by clicking the SAMPLE PAPER tab.
NOTE: Some graduate school (and a few undergraduate) classes require headings in the main body. If you have any questions about whether headings are needed in your paper, please check with your instructor. If headings are needed, please consult pages 62-63 in the APA 6 manual on how to organize and format a "manuscript with headings." The APA 6 Blog also provides information on How to Use Five Levels of Heading in an APA Style Paper as well as how to format each level of heading.
The reference page provides identifying information about the resources that were used in your paper.
The reference page follows the main body of the paper.
Center the word References at the top of the page (under the running head and page number). Do not bold, underline, italicize the word References or add quotation marks.
The reference entries will be placed on the page in alphabetical order. The entries are left-aligned and double-spaced with a hanging indent. With a hanging indent, the first line of each entry begins at the left margin; any additional lines for the same entry are tabbed or indented 5 spaces from the left margin to create a hanging indentation.
There are different ways of formatting your sources, depending on the type of source (i.e., book, periodical, etc.). Go to the References section for detailed information. NOTE: Sullivan University has a variation in the formatting of periodical article entries. This concerns the use of a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), the electronic database name, or a website.
Here are step-by-step instructions on formatting the reference page of the paper:
You can view an example of the Reference page by clicking the SAMPLE PAPER tab.
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