Format Test Post

The body of your paper, which begins with the introduction even though the title of the paper, and not the word “Introduction,” begins this section. The following sections provide several typical elements of APA manuscripts as examples in this template. APA 6th Edition style recommends two spaces after periods for drafts, but allows that final publication requirements often ask for a single space after the period (Wiederkehr, 2009). Unless your instructor indicates otherwise, either convention is acceptable.

APA style specifies that major sections of the paper (abstract, body, references, etc.) each begin on a new page with the heading centered at the top of the page. The body of the text is typically divided into sections as shown in this template. Usually these sections are the Method, Results, and Discussion (check any sample reports your instructor may have given you for other examples). Some papers, of course, have multiple studies in them so the body could have multiple sections and subsections within it.

Sections can be further divided into subsections with headings. An example is a Method section divided into participants, materials, and procedure subsections. Unlike in earlier editions of the APA manual, the sixth edition tells you to bold headings (but not the title above or anything on the title page), as you see in the examples below.

Heading Level 1

First-level headings are bold and centered. Consectetuer arcu ipsum ornare pellentesque vehicula, in vehicula diam, ornare magna erat felis wisi a risus. Justo fermentum id. Malesuada eleifend, tortor molestie, a fusce a vel et. Mauris at suspendisse, neque aliquam faucibus adipiscing, vivamus in. Wisi mattis leo suscipit nec amet, nisl fermentum tempor ac a, augue in eleifend.

Heading Level 2

Second-level headings are bold and flush left with no indent. Amet quis habitasse vestibulum ipsum a suscipit, donec lectus turpis hendrerit integer laoreet. Feugiat dolor elit pede et wisi, posuere vel class fringilla.

Heading level 3

Third-level headings are bold, indented, and end with a period. They use standard sentence style capitalization, and are paragraph headings (part of the paragraph rather than set apart on their own line). Montes et metus adipiscing placerat consectetuer nunc. Non libero nam dolor. Nascetur quis ut, tristique libero odio sit tempus, ac ut in et felis convallis. Pellentesque dignissim amet commodo, nec turpis dignissim torquent, laoreet orci unde aptent tenetur, dolor sit. Sed sed mauris duis. Quis enim ut, cursus dolor id arcu explicabo ligula, quisque natus mauris sed nulla in, ac sed vehicula.

Heading level 4

Fourth-level headings are bold and italicized, indented, and end with a period. They use standard sentence style capitalization, and are paragraph headings (part of the paragraph rather than set apart on their own line). Pellentesque eu aliquet vel in vitae ultricies. Vitae vehicula lobortis. Ultricies molestie libero dignissim id mauris, mus nec tempus lorem, lacinia vestibulum nec elementum, sapien et at aut platea suspendisse id. Elit a id, at posuere vel penatibus orci saepe orci, curabitur etiam velit hasellus non et lorem, suscipit volutpat. Sit vulputate eu luctus, hendrerit elit vitae eget turpis mauris.

Heading level 5

Fifth-level headings are italicized, indented, and end with a period. They use standard sentence style capitalization, and are paragraph headings (part of the paragraph rather than set apart on their own line).

Heading level 6

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever be likely to reach this level of subcategorization or beyond.

Quotations of more than four lines should be presented in block quotation style: a flush left margin set one inch in, with no first-line indent, and presented single-spaced rather than double-spaced. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec viverra tortor dui, sit amet ullamcorper.

Ipsum tellus molestie lorem imperdiet consectetuer. Quam in donec, integer faucibus euismod wisi, tempor odio etiam consectetuer libero non, proin arcu. Eget lacus, lectus mauris massa sed volutpat. Morbi non amet nunc, suscipit mauris quisquam fusce vestibulum, id per nisl, auctor libero, hasellus mauris ipsum. Litora lacinia sed ipsum felis eros, orci senectus quis morbi nulla amet, viverra fusce urna. Ut wisi, metus congue. Dolor a dignissim. Ligula eget venenatis placerat lectus ultrices, suscipit urna. Imperdiet pellentesque eget vel quisque, etiam enim orci mauris nulla venenatis a, adipiscing dolor vestibulum ornare eget orci, nec dolor ut aliquam molestie.

Image Placement

Give It A CrablouseCheck your class texts for rules about citations (which occur within the text of the paper) and references which are listed in their own separate section at the end of the paper. Don’t forget that you can find a lot of answers to formatting questions with a careful online search. But when you’re looking at information online, you may want to evaluate the information you’re reading online by considering where the information is coming from ( is more trustworthy than, considering whether the information might refer to an older edition of APA format and checking whether other online sources agree with the information you’re looking at. When in doubt, follow the latest edition of the APA manual and any additional information you get in class.

Character Styles

The most commonly used character styles are emphasized text and strong text. It’s also possible that there may be some code samples either inline, or on their own, like this:

<p>If this were a real blog post, this would be a block of <tt>code</tt>.</p>
<p>Since it's just a testing placeholder, we don't have to have anything fancy here. It is worth testing what happens when a line of code is longer than the width of the document window, however.</p>

Or, we might have lists. For instance, an unordered list:

  • Unordered lists have no ordinal numbers.
  • They are merely lines of information.
  • They have no specific order other than the order they are presented.

Ordered lists would look like this:

  1. They have ordinal numbers at the beginning of each line.
  2. The numbers increment by one.
  3. I’m running out of things to babble about.

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