APA is an abbreviation of American Psychological Association and serves as a basic guideline for much of the writing done by Trident students. This format of writing is commonly used in the social sciences, education, and psychology fields. Students can expect to use this format at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. It may seem intimidating at first, but there are resources available to help simplify and better understand the process.
When writing papers in APA style, students should focus on four specific areas: title page, abstract, main body, and references. Some of the basics of formatting includes one-inch margins, 12-point font, text that is double-spaced, and Times New Roman as the font of choice. The selection of headlines, presentation of statistics and numbers, and the usage of abbreviations and punctuation should also be considered.