Major Sections of an APA Research Paper A comprehensive research paper in APA style that reports on experimental study would normally have a title page, an abstract, an introduction, methods, results, discussion, and references.
The title page should include the following: a brief description of your study; its purpose; the name(s) of the researcher(s); a mailing address for responses or questions; a telephone number for inquiries about the study; and identification of the publication where the study will be reported (e.g., journal or magazine name). If you are reporting on more than one study, you may want to report the findings of each study separately in separate papers. Authors often use a standard format for their titles pages. They usually only include the first page of the manuscript, but the information contained on the remaining pages can help readers understand the context of the study's findings.
The abstract is a summary of the article that specifies what the experiment was designed to find out and why it is important. It should be no longer than 200 words. Use the same word count as the body of the paper but always try to be concise without losing meaning. The abstract is used by reviewers to determine whether the study is a good fit for their journal. If they feel like there is enough information in the abstract to make an informed decision, they will contact the author with comments or questions.
The APA (American Psychological Association) writing format is one of the research paper formats. This format is used for research articles in science, psychology, and other relevant fields. When using MLA, the author's last name, not the title of the research paper, should be provided beside the page number. You can find sample papers using these two formatting styles at the end of this article.
In general, a research paper consists of these elements:
An introduction. The introduction should state the problem or issue that the study will address. Also, the introduction should include a literature review-this is important for identifying trends and ideas related to the topic under discussion. Finally, the introduction should provide the reader with enough information to understand both why the study is necessary as well as what kind of study it will be.
Methodology. Here, the researcher should describe the design and methods used to conduct the study. In addition, here the researcher should also explain any limitations of the study due to its nature or scope. For example, if a survey was conducted as part of the study, then the methodology should include questions asked in the survey as well as how they were analyzed.
Results. These are the data points, statistics, or findings from the study. They should be presented in a clear and concise manner. If applicable, conclusions may be included here based on the results of the study.
An abstract, introduction, review of literature, study methods, results and analysis, discussion, limits, future scope, and references are the primary components of a research report. Many sub-sections within these categories can be identified.
Formatting your essay will help readers understand what you want them to know about the topic and how you plan to support your points through evidence from the literature. The template below should help you organize your thoughts on this topic.
The main types of formatting include:
Paragraphs: A paragraph is a complete thought unit that requires a beginning and an end. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence (a sentence that states the main idea of the paragraph) and supporting details provided in subsequent sentences. Paragraphs are separated by blank lines or indentation (such as the one in this sentence). Long paragraphs may need additional spacing above and below the paragraph for readability.
Titles: A title is a short phrase or sentence that describes the content of your essay or section. Titles should give readers some indication of the main point of the essay or section while still being specific enough to guide search engine spiders to your material. Use titles to identify key ideas in your essay or section.