APA (American Psychological Association) formatting for research dissertations follows specific guidelines. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to format your dissertation in APA style:
Use standard 8.5" x 11" paper with 1-inch margins on all sides.
Use a clear and legible font (e.g., Times New Roman or Arial) in 12-point size.
Double-space the entire document, including the title page, abstract, main text, and references.
Include the title of your dissertation, centered in uppercase and lowercase letters.
Add your name and your institutional affiliation, centered below the title.
Include the name of your faculty advisor and the date of submission, centered at the bottom of the page.
On a new page, provide a brief abstract summarizing your dissertation in 150-250 words.
The abstract should include the research problem, methodology, significant findings, and conclusions.
Table of Contents:
Include a table of contents listing all major sections and subsections of your dissertation.
Page numbers should be aligned on the right side of the page.
List of Tables and List of Figures:
If your partition includes tables and figures, create separate lists for them, each on a new page.
Start your main text with an introduction that introduces the research problem, provides context, and outlines the research objectives.
Organize your dissertation into chapters or sections based on the research structure and objectives.
Inclbased ondings and subheadings to guide the reader through the content.
Use APA-style in-text citations through these sources used in the text.
Include a separate page for the list of references.
Arrange the references in alphabetical order by the author's last names.
Follow the APA format for different authors of sources (books, journal articles, websites, etc.).
Include supplementary materials, such as survey questionnaires, interview transcripts, or data tables, in the appendices.
Each appendix should start on a new page and be labeled with a letter (e.g., Appendix A, Appendix B). Pagin' at with the number of all pages consecutively, including the title page.
Page numbers should be located in the top right corner of the page.