These sample essays were created using Dr Paper Software. Sample APA Version 5 essay with Table of Contents and three levels of section headings. You can view this sample document by opening the file called meditation. Check your writing to make sure it is “to the apa style essay” — that you are saying only what needs to be said, without digressions and extraneous information.
If you are presenting the findings of a research project with a large amount of data, organize this data in a table. Tables are an efficient and lucid method of presenting large amounts of data for your readers. Using section headings, based on an outline of the paper, to organize your discussion. When you are describing individuals or populations, be respectful: avoid using language that is biased or perjorative. Check your writing for general grammatic correctness. Check any abbreviations you use for measurements etc.
Most importantly, double check your references to make sure they are accurate, and that you have documented your sources properly. A good rule of thumb for abbreviations is this: use them sparingly. Clarity of expression is hampered by an excessive use of abbreviations or terms that might be unfamiliar to your readers. 100 meters should be abbreviated as 100 m, 10 seconds as 10 s. Use the following abbreviations ONLY in parenthical comments. For literature reviews, for instance, the past tense is appropriate. Capitalize names of conditions, groups, effects, and variables only when definite and specific.
Age x Weight interaction showed lower weight with age. Capitalize the first word after a comma or colon if, and only if, it begins a complete sentence. For example, “As you can see, this is a complete sentence, hence, the first letter is capitalized. A comma should precede the word “and” in lists: our participants spoke several languages: Xenish, Lettion, and Boslivian. Words in which the last letter of the prefix, and the first letter of the noun are the same. Words that have different meanings depending upon the presence of the hyphen.