With minor adjustments to Microsoft Word defaults, allow your readers to focus on what you've written and not be distracted by your paper's formatting and organization. These include, but aren't limited to:
Formatting your paper, citations, and references following an established style, like that of the American Psychological Association (APA) is a small, but important part of academic communication.
Follow the instructions for APA 7th edition format on either the APA website or the Purdue OWL website:
This guide contains examples of common citation formats in APA (American Psychological Association) Style, based on the sixth edition (2009) of the Publication Manual. APA style is commonly used in the social sciences.
For information on the seventh edition (2020), see the APA Quick Guide to the seventh edition.
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