how to use apa 6th edition format for dummies
(Smith & Belafonte, 2008)
- Choose to type out your data OR create a table. As stated above, in APA format, you shouldn’t have the information typed out in your paper and also have a table showing the same exact information. Choose one or the other.
- If you choose to create a table, discuss it very briefly in the text. Say something along the lines of, “Table 1 displays the amount of money used towards fighting Malaria.” Or, “Stomach cancer rates are displayed in Table 4.”
- If you’re submitting your project for a class, place your table close to the text where it’s mentioned. If you’re submitting it to be published in a journal, most publishers prefer tables to be placed in the back. If you’re unsure where to place your tables, ask!
- Numbers & Title:
- Include the table number first and at the top. Table 1 is the first table discussed in the paper. Table 2 is the next table mentioned, and so on. This should be in bold.
- Add a title under the number. Create a brief, descriptive title. Capitalize the first letter for each important word. Italicize the title and place it under the table number.
- Only use horizontal lines.
- Limit use of cell shading.
- Keep the font at 12-point size and use single or double spacing. If you use single spacing in one table, make sure all of the others use single spaces as well. Keep it consistent.
- All headings should be centered.
- In the first column (called the stub), center the heading, left-align the information underneath it (indent 0.15 inches if info is more than one line).
- Information in other columns should be centered.
- Note: If you need to further explain something, or include an APA format citation, place it in a note below the table. There are 3 types:
- General. Information about the whole table.
- Specific. Information targeted for a specific column, row, or cell.
- Probability. Explains what certain table symbols mean. For example, asterisks, p values, etc.
Atomic Learning – Many short tutorials on all aspects of APA from how to create a title page to compiling your references. You will have to log in with your network username and password (same as for Blackboard and CSS email). To find the tutorials, click on Workshops.
Font preference and size – The preferred font is 12-pt Times New Roman. (p. 228)
In the examples above, Pozzulo, Bennell, & Forth is the secondary source citation (see also Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources section in the tutorial).
If the reference does not have a DOI, and the item was retrieved from an online source, include the URL of the specific page of the source (retrieval date not needed).
The exact format of each individual reference may vary somewhat depending on whether you are referencing an author or authors, a book or journal article, or an electronic source.
One handy rule of thumb to remember is that any source cited in your paper needs to be included in your reference section. And any source listed in your reference section must also be mentioned somewhere in your paper.
Original or Unattributed