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First 2-3 words of Title 3
Title of Paper
Begin your paper with the introduction. The active voice, rather than passive voice, should
be used in your writing.
This template is formatted according to APA Style guidelines, with one inch top, bottom,
left, and right margins; Times New Roman font in 12 point; double-spaced; aligned flush left; and
paragraphs indented 5-7 spaces. The page number appears one inch from the right edge on the
first line of each page, excluding the Figures page.
Headings
Use headings and subheadings to organize the sections of your paper. The first heading level
is formatted with initial caps and is centered on the page. Do not start a new page for each
heading.
Subheading
Subheadings are formatted with italics and are aligned flush left.
Citations
Source material must be documented in the body of the paper by citing the authors and
dates of the sources. The full source citation will appear in the list of references that follows the
body of the paper. When the names of the authors of a source are part of the formal structure of
the sentence, the year of the publication appears in parenthesis following the identification of the
authors, for example, Smith (2001). When the authors of a source are not part of the formal
structure of the sentence, both the authors and years of publication appear in parentheses,
separated by semicolons, for example (Smith and Jones, 2001; Anderson, Charles, & Johnson,
2003). When a source that has three, four, or five authors is cited, all authors are included the first
time the source is cited. When that source is cited again, the first author’s surname and “et al.” are
used. See the example in the following paragraph.
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