How To Write An A-Grade APA Research Paper: Tips & Examples

For those unfamiliar with it, the APA (American Psychological Association) is a style that is widely used to help researchers write a correctly cited, plagiarism free research paper. Like everything in life it can take a little while to get into the swing of things, so if you are a psychology student and the prospect of having to trawl and memorise detailed manuals fills you with dread then my tips on how to write an A grade APA research paper could feel like a life-saver. If you do want to buy the official publication manual of the American Psychological Association, you will be able to get a copy from Amazon for around $30. This really shouldn’t be necessary though, if you simply follow my tips:

Adhere to the basics

You would be amazed at how many people jump head-first in and neglect to pay attention to the basics. Getting these right will get you a long way.

Key sections

While the structure may vary slightly depending upon the type of essay that you are writing. There are four critical sections that you must always include:

Now that you have the structure for your APA research paper you need also to consider the following:

Leave out the anecdotes

Your paper needs to be written in a detached, impersonal, analytical style and as such is different from other types of paper that you will be expected to write. Personal experience is not useful in this scenario, as your lecturer is only interested in seeing hard research-based evidence to make your case.

Use of language

If your paper covers anything that may be deemed sensitive, for example, sexual orientation, race gender, etcetera then you need to be very careful and makes sure that you are using up to date, socially acceptable language. Drawing parallels with entertainments and the arts, Benedict Cumberbatch inadvertently got into a whole lot of trouble recently for using inappropriate language when referring to race. It is vital that you don’t make the same mistake when writing your paper.

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