Module 4 - Headings Paper Formatting - APA Style (6th ed)

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Headings Paper Formatting - APA Style 6th ed - Education & Community Leadership - Texas State University


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HEADINGS APA 6 th Edition Trae Stewart, Ph.D., Associate Professor & EDCL Program Coordinator Zane Wubbena, M.A., Ph.D. Student – School Improvement (Updated July 2014)


Overview APA 6 th Edition Headings Uses of headings in APA APA Headings: Levels 1 to 5 Video Tutorial Restrictions Special Cases Helpful Resources

Use of Headings:

Use of Headings Headings give organizational structure Headings allow for concepts and themes to be organized Each new section of a paper starts at level 1 Most commonly used headings are levels 1 through 3 Headings follow a top-down progression from level 1 to level 2, level 3, level 4, and level 5

APA Headings: Levels 1 to 5:

APA Headings: Levels 1 to 5 Heading Levels Level 1 : centered, boldface, title case Level 2: left aligned, boldface, title case Level 3: indented, boldface, sentence case with period Level 4: indented, boldface, italics, sentence case with period Level 5 : indented , italics, sentence case with period

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Video Tutorial


Restrictions Headings do not use seriation in APA Style* In other words, don’t write 2 . Method 2.1 . Participants Method , Results and Discussion are L evel 1 headings If you use a 2 nd level heading, you must have at least one other 2 nd level heading. Otherwise, dividing the section is not justified. The text should just flow under the higher level heading. Methods Participants Methods Participants Procedures *unless the journal’s author guidelines require

Special Cases:

Special Cases Abstract , Introduction, and References do NOT follow heading rules Abstract begin from a new page “ Abstract” should be centered, not bold, on line 1 of the page Introduction Do not write “Introduction” The title is centered and not bold above the introduction text References Begin on a new page Centered, but not bold

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Helpful Resources Purdue OWL - Headings APA 6 th edition Manual Visit Other APA Style (6 th ed.) Modules In This Series

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