Every professor or instructor may have different requirements for the section of your paper, so it is important to check with him/her about these requirements. But here are some common sections:
- the title page
- the introduction.
- the body of the paper
- a conclusion
- a references page
APA Style requires the use of headings in your paper. Headings reveal your paper's organization and separate the sections within your paper.
- In most cases, you will be using two levels of headings.
- The main headings will be centered and in boldface type.
- Your subheadings will be aligned to the left and also in boldface type.
- Your introduction section does not need a heading.
Abbreviations & Numbers
Standard abbreviations, for example, AIDS, HIV, are allowed.
When using other abbreviations, use the full name first and then in parenthesis, the abbreviation. Thereafter use just the abbreviation.
For more descriptive explanation see OWL Purdue .
Numbers that begin sentences must be written out, but APA asks you to AVOID beginning sentences with numbers.
For more explanations on using numbers in APA writing see OWL Purdue .