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APA 6: Sample Paper

Sample Paper

Examples of the Different Paper Sections

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A Template that Includes Section Headings

NOTE: Your instructor may or may not require section headings in an essay or paper. If you have any questions about whether section headings are required, please check with your instructor.

Clicking the link below will bring up a template of an APA style paper that contains section headings. 

This paper, in addition to being a template, provides details about the commonly used aspects of APA 6 and the use of MS Word in the formatting of an APA 6 style paper. Information about bulleted lists, as well as a bibliography tool for references, is also included. 

Stewart Dutfield, a faculty member at the SU Louisville campus, is the creator of the template. It is published under a creative commons license.

(NOTE: In order to download and use this template, you must have Microsoft Word on your machine).

Sample Paper Sections

Please click on the images below to bring up examples of the various sections of a paper formatted in APA 6 style. 

  Title page example       Abstract example


  Main body of text example      Reference list example