RULES FOR APA WRITING. Used with permission from: John R. Slate, Ph.D. GUIDELINES FOR WRITING IN AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 4TH EDITION STYLE. TYPING INSTRUCTIONS. All margins are 1 inch, no more-no less. Your page header is printed at the 1 inch margin line, not above it [p. 240].
Used with permission from:
John R. Slate, Ph.D.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
4TH EDITION STYLE
11.Its is a possessive pronoun and may be used, when and where appropriate.
12.Avoid using IT as it, many times, is unclear to what the IT refers. Always be clear to the reader about what you are discussing.
14.Connect your sentences together with integrating phrases or words. Avoid jumpy writing [pp. 24-28]. One way to integrate sentences together is to use a few of the key words from the previous sentence in writing a new sentence.
18.While and since can be used ONLY in terms of time. Since does NOT mean because in technical writing. Words such as though, although, and whereas are acceptable alternatives to while. [pp. 42-43]
20.Avoid using colloquial expressions (e.g., write up for report or set up for develop) [p. 28].
21.Avoid using pronouns as pronouns confuse readers unless the referent is obvious. [pp. 36-38]
23.When referring to gender of participants, use boy and girl when referring to people of high school age and younger; men and women for persons 18 years of age and older. [p. 53]
25.Please use the spell check function of your word processing program prior to submitting your paper. NO excuse for having misspelled words. [p. 255] Please proof or have a colleague proof your paper for errors that a spell check cannot catch (e.g., you when you mean your).