Sample APA Paper
Sample APA Paper for Students Interested in Learning APA Style 6th Edition
Jeffrey H. Kahn
Illinois State University
Jeffrey H. Kahn, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University.
Correspondence concerning this sample paper should be addressed to Jeffrey H. Kahn,
Department of Psychology, Illinois State University, Campus Box 4620, Normal, Illinois
61790-4620. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The abstract should be a single paragraph in block format (without paragraph indentation), and the appropriate length depends on the journal to which you are submitting, but they are typically between 150 and 200 words. (Students should consult …show more content…
The last section of the Introduction states the purpose of the research. The purpose can usually be summarized in a few sentences. Hypotheses are also included here at the end of this section. State your hypotheses as predictions (e.g., “I predicted that...”), and try to avoid using passive tense (e.g., “It was predicted that...”). You will notice that hypotheses are written in past tense because you are describing a study you have finished.
The Method section is the second of four main parts of an empirical paper (see Section
2.06 of the APA  manual). (Be aware that some papers are reviews of the literature and therefore would not have a separate Method section.) There are typically three or four major
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subsections in the Method although there can be more. These subsections are separated by headings which are described in sections 3.02 and 3.03 of the APA manual (APA, 2010).
This brief section describes the people who participated in your study. (They should be called “participants,” not “subjects,” by the way.) Mention the number of participants, the percentage of female and male participants, the mean age (where “mean” is abbreviated M), and their ethnicity or cultural background. Any other demographic information would be appropriate