How To Write A Dissertation In The Apa Style Successfully: Basic Tips

While the APA style has certain guidelines on how to put your dissertation on paper, the fact remains that the methodology for completing successful dissertations remains the same. Here are some pointers for writing a great dissertation and applying the APA style to it.

  1. Study the APA style guide
  2. In order to do something well, you have to know what it is beforehand. Undertake some research to find out how APA papers are written. This information can be obtained best from the American Psychological Association (APA) style website or their official guidebook. Make sure you have the latest guidebook on hand as it is updated from time to time.

  3. A Summary of the APA Style
  4. All text in your paper should be size 12 and set with a Times New Roman typeface. Everything should be double-spaced.

There are distinct sections advised by the APA for your paper, which are:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Main Body
  4. References

Read on for a summary of each section.

  • Title Page: This page includes a shortened title (less than 50 characters) of the paper in the page header, which also includes the page number. The title page also includes the title of the paper and the name of the author. If the author is a student, the name of the school, college or university is also usually added.
  • Abstract: This section is a 250 to 300 word summary of the whole paper. It includes everything from the main thesis to how the experiment was conducted and what conclusions were drawn in a condensed format.
  • Main Body: This is the bulk of the paper. It starts off with an introduction to the topic and thesis question. It establishes the grounds for why the topic is important enough to consider. This is followed by the literature review subsection in which the author goes through what has previously been done in the subject area. This important section highlights the deficiencies in the present research and establishes the scope for the present work being done through this paper. The following sections describe the methodology for the experiments undertaken, the actual experimentation and the conclusions drawn.
  • References: This page lists all the works cited in the text of the paper. There are specific rules for citing different types of works but the general rule of thumb is as follows:
    Writer’s name (Last name, First Initial.), followed by the date of publication, followed by the name of the book/paper etc.

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