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APA Requirements for Research Paper Citation

Many students don't realize just how important it is to have a research paper adhere to a certain citation style. Presenting research in a uniformed and easily identifiable manner allows professors to understand where information comes from and verify the validity of research.

Paper Masters uses APA citation standards for research papers in the disciplines of:

APA is required for publication into journals in these disciplines and any student that is serious about his or her research should thoroughly get to know every aspect of the format.

What Are APA Requirements?

APA RequirementsAPA requirements are conventions and rules established by the American Psychological Association in its Publication Manual for use in preparing research papers. The Publication Manual sets standards for the style and content of papers and articles for writers, editors, educators, students, and professionals. One key purpose of the APA requirements is to ensure that readers of a paper know the source of any non-original information. An APA style research paper therefore contains parenthetical citations that clearly identify the sources of all such information, usually giving surname(s) of the author(s) and the date of its publication—for example: (Smith & Jones, 2012). For quoted material, a page number or other specifying location is also given: (Gomez, 2010, p. 8). A list of references at the end of the paper tells the reader exactly where—typically in published and other publicly accessible materials—the original source can be located.

Another key purpose of the APA requirements is to ensure consistency of style and format. As such, the requirements specify preferred standards with for such elements as fonts, paragraphing, titles, paper sections, and diagrams and visual aids. Yet another purpose of the APA requirements is to prevent the use of inappropriate language. As such, the requirements include numerous suggestions for avoiding language or content that is biased or stereotyped with respect to concerns such as gender, race, ethnicity, disability, age, and sexuality.