What is APA Format? Why do we have to use it??? • APA Format is used by individuals who study the social sciences. • We are using this format right now due to our research for our Science Fair projects. • In order to complete the written essay correctly, we need to make sure we do a few things. ..
First thing…. • Make sure your paper is TYPED in the following format: • Size 12 Font on the ENTIRE document—even your name. • Font Style: Times New Roman (ONLY) • Double Spaced (Hold Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+2) • 1” margins on top, bottom, left, right side of the document • Must only be in BLACK INK
Creating a Reference List • To create your Reference List, you need to make sure you have filled out the Bibliography Worksheet I gave you before we began writing our essays. • You were to fill in all of the information you could find based on where you gathered your research from.
Creating Citations/ In-Text Citations • Go to the following website: http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?reqstyleid=2&newstyle=2&stylebox=2 • Using your Bibliography Worksheet, begin creating citations. • First, select what type of resource you have. Is it a book? Website? Magazine article? Select whichever it is.
Next… • Begin filling in the areas that need filling in. • To show you an example, I’m going to create a citation for the following website: http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/ecoli.html • As you can see, there is no specified author or a date when it was published. That’s alright though, leave those areas blank. • What I DO have is the title of the webpage, and the URL…
The results… • After inserting the information I do have and clicking “Make Citation,” I have the following citation: • E.coli. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/f ood/ecoli.html • And below that, the in-text citation of: • ("E.coli," )
IMPORTANT • Make sure that FOR EVERY CITATION you create, you COPY AND PASTE the citations AND in-text citations into a Word Document and SAVE IT IMMEDIATELY • Otherwise you will lose all of the citations created and have to start all over again.
Continue to do this for EVERY resource you have. • Again, make sure you C&P these citations AND in-text citations into a Word document and SAVE. You will need this for the next steps….
References • Create a new word document • Title this document References • Make sure the document is in… • Times New Roman (Font) • 12 Point Font (Size) • 1” Margins (all around) • Black Ink
On the References page, do the following: • Copy & Paste each citation you gathered but make sure you do each in ALPHABETICAL ORDER. • If you have a citation that extends past two typed lines, TAB the second line to indent it.
On my TeacherWeb, I’ve uploaded an example Reference page… • Refer to the following website: • http://teacherweb.com/IL/MCCFulltimeSchool/6th-7th-8th-English/photo8.aspx • Note the margins and font/font size • Also, it is placed in alphabetical order. You can explore the sites on the Reference page for yourself!