No more than 120 words, one paragraph, block format (i.e., don’t indent), double-spaced. Provide overview of method, results, and discussion. Although you won’t go into the details of your study and hypotheses until the end of the intro, you should foreshadow your study a bit at the end of the first paragraph by stating your purpose briefly, to give your reader a schema for all the information you will present next.
The introduction of an APA-style paper is the most difficult to write. Your intro should be a logical flow of ideas that leads up to your hypothesis.
If your paper title is already 50 characters or fewer, you can use the paper title as the running head.
Otherwise, you can shorten your paper title however you want.
The entire paper should be written in the past tense, in a 12-point font, double-spaced, and with one-inch margins all around.
•Title should be between 10-12 words and should reflect content of paper (e.g., IV and DV).
Try to draw your reader in by saying something interesting or thought-provoking right off the bat. Next, decide which ideas make sense to present first, second, third, and so forth, and think about how you want to transition between ideas.
When an idea is complex, don’t be afraid to use a real-life example to clarify it for your reader.
You can also see examples of the running head format in our APA Style sample papers.
An APA-style paper includes the following sections: title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, and references.