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Set Specific Goals

Writing a research paper is a lot easier on you, the student, when you set yourself certain goals. All of this takes place before you start the research and the writing. The saying goes that if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. So rather than rushing in to begin writing your research paper, stop, take stock of the situation and list your goals. Here are a few possible specific goals.

  • set up a timetable
  • create an ideal topic
  • create an ideal thesis statement
  • become an expert note taker
  • create an outstanding plan
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How To Write A Research Paper In APA Style: Do Your Best

The APA style, or the American Psychological Association style, is most often used in the Social Sciences. It varies somewhat from other styles and can be confusing and tricky for newcomers to navigate. Follow these rules, however, and you won’t go  wrong:

  •      Font
  •        Title Page
  •        Abstract
  •        Main Body
  •        References
  •        In-Text Citing
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  •    Font
  • Your paper should be clear to read. Set the font in size twelve, Times New Roman. Make sure it’s double spaced and indent the first line of every paragraph. This is purely for legibility’s sake. Those reading your paper will have to go through hundreds of pages by a multitude of authors, so keep them in mind and be kind with your font.

  •     Title Page
  • Your Title Page should title of the paper, your own name and the name of any affiliated university or institution you may have worked with or that you represent. Make sure your title is brief, to the point and doesn’t contain any superfluous wording.

  •     Abstract
  • Your Abstract should contain the basic, vital information contained within the paper. Keep it to the point and use a lot of keywords. Do not underline or put your Abstract in bold, just keep it plain and simple, and try not to go over 250 words.

  •     Main Body
  • Your Main Body should be fine, just keep in mind that you will need to add in a Header to the top of every page containing the page number and the title of your paper.

  •     References
  • Your References section should contain all the information you accessed during your research and should look like this:

    Author Surname; comma; the first initial of their forename; full stop; comma, then, in brackets, the last edited date of publication; full stop; the title;  full stop.

    If you accessed the source via the web, add in at the end: Retrieved from; URL link, i.e.: Shakespeare, W., (1597, January 1st). Romeo and Juliet. Retrieved fromhttp://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.html

    If you have multiple authors write them all up before the date of publication.

    When arranging your references, place them in alphabetical order according to their surname.

  •    In-Text Citing
  • When citing in-text, you should place your cite in brackets with the author surname, the year of publication and, if applicable, a page number. Only include the page number if it’s a direct quote.

    i.e.: (Shakespeare, 1597, pg. 104)

    If you cite a reference in text, you must then reference it in your references section later. 

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