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SCS 502: APA Document Template

This course requires the use of the publication format guidelines provided by the American
Psychological Association (APA) in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association, sixth edition.

This document includes an APA-style template that can be used for written assignments for this
course. For a brief overview of APA style, see the APA Style Guide Overview document.


Your Title Goes Here
Student Name
Southern New Hampshire University
SCS 502 Assignment #___

Begin and end your abstract on its own page. Recall that the abstract should begin on the
left margin, and the first line is not indented like a regular paragraph. Use as many key
words as possible in your abstract. Recall that this is a preview of the information
contained within your paper. Limit the word count to 150250 words to describe the
experimental problem, participants, method, findings, and conclusions. Define all
abbreviations and unique terms. Spell out names of tests and drugs; use generic drug
names. Use paraphrases, not quotations. Conserve space by using abbreviations; express
numbers as digits.

Your Title Goes Here
This template contains pre-settings for the essential features of APA format:
margins, indentations, font, line spacing, and widow/orphan control, as explained in The
Research Process (pp. 160, 19697).
To use this template, select File, Save As and save the template under a new
name. Then use type-over insertions to replace the header, information block, and title.
Finally, replace the text in the body of the template by using type-over insertions, or
delete the body text in blocks. (Hint: Leave the sample block quotation in place to
preserve its paragraph indentation as a model. Use type-over insertions in the
bibliography to preserve the hanging indentations.) Here, then, is a sample block
A quotation that occupies more than four typed lines should be indented a half
inch from the left margin. In a student paper, a block quotation may be single or
double spaced, without quotation marks at the beginning and end of the quoted
material. Its right margin should be set at one inch. Its parenthetical citation
should be placed after the punctuation in the last sentence. (Smith, 1988, p. 16)
It is suggested that you print this template to make sure that your printer is
properly configured to produce an APA page. It should produce no more than 27 lines per
page, plus the header. The text block should be surrounded by one-inch margins on all
four sides. Each page should have a manuscript page header, not to be confused with the
running head described in the APA manual (Section 5.15).

Doe, J. Q. (1999, August 12). Title of an article. Title of a Magazine, 212, 23.
Doe, J. R. (1987). Title of an article. Title of a Scholarly Journal, 35, 112128.
Lastname, F. (1998). Title of a sample book. Location: Publisher.
Maner, M. (1999, April 14). Women and eighteenth-century literature. Retrieved August
9, 1999, from