Structuring an Apa Style Research Paper

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Sample APA Research Paper
Sample Title Page
Place manuscript page headers one-half inch from the top. Put five spaces between the page header and the page number.

Running on Empty


Full title, authors, and school name are centered on the page, typed in uppercase and lowercase.

Running on Empty: The Effects of Food Deprivation on Concentration and Perseverance Thomas Delancy and Adam Solberg Dordt College


Sample Abstract
Running on Empty Abstract This study examined the effects of short-term food deprivation on two
The abstract summarizes the problem, participants, hypotheses, methods used, results, and conclusions.


cognitive abilities—concentration and perseverance. Undergraduate students (N-51) were
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To some extent, people can control the environmental factors that make it difficult to focus. However, what about internal factors, such as an empty stomach? Can people increase their ability to focus simply by eating regularly? One theory that prompted research on how food intake affects the average person was the glucostatic theory. Several researchers in the 1940s and 1950s suggested that the brain regulates food intake in order to maintain a blood-glucose set point. The idea was that people become hungry when their blood-glucose levels drop significantly below their set point and that they become satisfied after eating, when their blood-glucose levels return to that set point. This theory seemed logical because glucose is the brain’s primary fuel (Pinel, 2000). The earliest investigation of the general effects of food deprivation found that long-term food deprivation (36 hours and longer) was associated with sluggishness, depression, irritability, reduced heart rate, and inability to concentrate (Keys, Brozek,

The introduction states the topic and the main questions to be explored.

The researchers supply background information by discussing past research on the topic.

Extensive referencing establishes support for the discussion.

Henschel, Mickelsen, & Taylor, 1950). Another study found that fasting for several days produced

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