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American Psychological Association (APA) style is widely used by scientists and researchers. Students also often have to apply this style in their assignments. It is still hard to find a great sample of research papers in APA on the Internet. Of course, you can shop for a printed version of an APA manual, but the prices are high and the information provided there might not be helpful. A good example is better, than a list of requirements, don’t you agree? However, this is not completely true about research papers. Nevertheless, it is necessary to learn the basics first.
The APA format allows the writers to explain their point of view, research steps and discussion details in the first person (“I consider …” or “We made the following tests …”). Using pronouns becomes common, so try to avoid the passive voice. Keep in mind that “we” refers to the authors of the paper, not the abstract researchers. Active verbs and pronouns are very helpful when you describe the results of conducted experiments. They make your research paper unique and easier to read.
The style is well-known for its terseness and clarity. APA format does not require complex sentences and many details. The authors are very specific and give valuable examples with necessary explanation. Try not to confuse the reader and put down many ideas, but stick to the main topic and goal of the paper. It seems challenging to pick the right information, and only practice makes perfect. Nothing can substitute your personal experience. So, do not worry that you cannot find free online samples of APA style papers, learn about the format, ask for advice or consult a professional writer.
Most universities provide some information about paper formats, including examples, tips and the most common mistakes. The general guidelines often mention the paper’s structure. It should consist of:
In the main body of an experimental report one should write about research methods, main outcomes, and discussion points. A literature review, which is the second most common type of papers prepared using APA format, has less a complicated structure. Nevertheless, it is better to visit your supervisor and check if you understand all the requirements rightly. Do not rely on samples online or advice of your groupmates.
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