APA format is the one usually used to cite sources within the social and behavioral sciences. It was created by American Psychological Association in order to standardize the process of formatting papers within those two areas and to make this process easier not just for the authors while they are writing their papers by themselves but also for the authors while they are reading the papers written by other people. Nowadays it has broaden its field of application and now it can be met not just in social sciences such as psychology, linguistics, sociology, economics and criminology but also in business or nursing. APA formatting style can turn your essay into the best paper if it used in the two the most common types of papers such as the literature review and the experimental report.
APA format, as well as other formatting styles has its standards concirning such elements as the organization of content of the text, writing style, citing references and tips on preparing your work for further publication. As every formatting style distinguishes from another, sometimes to a great extent, every detail should be paid an attention to from paper layout to the set of words chosen.
Speaking of the main APA format features they are the next:
- double text space;
- one inch margins on all sides of the paper;
- a header on each page;
- different rules concerning quotations depending on whether it has more or less that forty words and as a result whether it will be written in the same on new line using or not quotation marks;
- specific rules for mentioning the author of the source you in some way use in you work depending on the quantity of the source’s authors and on whether it is printed or the Internet source.
Mind there are a lot of other rules that should be at least properly revised in order to have the best writing paper written from the first time.