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APA Style Checklist

 

A Checklist to help you Follow APA Style in your Literature Review

  •   Title page (see Publication manual, pp. 10-12)

    • Do you have a header and page number (both on the same line)?

    • Do you have a running head, flush left, with all letters of the running head itself in caps?

    • Are your title, name and university affiliation centered?

    • Is the first letter of each major word of your title capitalized?


  •   Body of your paper

    • Do you leave between 1 and 11/2" margins on the left, right, top and bottom?

    • Do you have a header and page number (both on the same line, flush right) on each page?

    • Is your title centered on the first page of the body of your paper?

    • Is the first letter of each major word of your title capitalized?

    • Do you doublespace (and only doublespace) throughout? Only the title, first page of the body of your paper and your reference page should automatically start a new page.

    • Do you use plain text (avoiding italics and bold) throughout?

    • Do you cite each idea taken from an author? (Pavlov, 1998)

    • Do you know how to cite multiple authored articles (Wolpe, Skinner, & Pavlov, 1999) and how this changes from the first to the second citation (Wolpe et al., 1999)?

    • If you use a quote, do you use the appropriate quotation style for short quotes (less than 40 words) and long quotes (40 or more words)?

    • Do you include the page number for your quoted material (Marlatt, 1997, p. 23)? The page number is unnecessary for material that isn't directly quoted.

    • If you refer to something cited in another source you read, do you cite the reference? (Skinner, 1988, as cited in Watson, 1998)

    • Do you briefly outline the thesis of your paper and why it is important in your first paragraph?

    • Do you integrate the articles you read into your discussion of your paper rather than discussing them sequentially?

    • Do you include and discuss both the evidence supporting your thesis and that contradicting it?

    • Do you pull your ideas together at the end in your closing paragraph?


  •   References (see Publication manual, pp. 215-281)

    • Do you have a header and page number (both on the same line)?

    • Do you center the word References at the top of your list? (Only the first letter is capitalized.)

    • Do you include at least five professional references?

    • Are your references doublespaced?

    • Is each citation in your paper included in your reference list? (I check.)

    • Is each reference on your reference list cited in your paper? (I check.)

    • Material that you read about in a secondary source, i.e., (Skinner, 1988, as cited in Tharp, 2002), should not be in the reference list. Tharp (1999) would be included, Skinner (1988) would not.

    • Is each reference indented in the second and subsequent lines?

    • Do you use APA reference style consistently and compulsively?