Using the APA (American (American Psychological Association) Style is quite tricky. Making sure my communication and use of resources as well as citing has caused me some anxiety. I would never intentionally use another work or not give them appropriate credit. I have learned that with patience and using as much as we do has given me a much grip on the basic construct.
I have relied somewhat of the Microsoft Word program to keep me in line with cited sources and the general formatting of the reference lists. I think the most difficult rules to remembers is to not leave out the DOI’s and including those key words, and using the format of the abstract, and other paper components. One of my favorite things about APA style is using the Times New Roman font, size 12. This is small thing but I have always loved this font.
I have created myself a quick guide that I keep handy at all times. It includes:
- Use 8 ½ x 11 inch paper – white
- Margins should be 1 inch on both sides, top and bottom
- Double space the paper
- Include header at the top of every page.
- Include the four major sectors: Title page, abstract, main body and references