Apa guidelines for headings
APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the worldSummary:APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, ( th ed., 2 nd printing).Contributors:Joshua M.
Paiz, Elizabeth Angeli, Jodi Wagner, Elena Lawrick, Kristen Moore, Michael Anderson, Lars Soderlund, Allen Brizee, Russell Keck Last Edited: 2013-04-03 11:48:55 HeadingsAPA Style uses a unique headings system to separate and classify paper sections. There are 5 heading levels in APA. The th edition of the APA manual revises and simplifies previous heading guidelines. Notice how sections contain at least two smaller subsections in the example below:MethodDesignParticipantsDemographic.Characteristics.LimitationsStarting with the first level of heading, the subsections of the paper should progressively use the next level(s) of heading without skipping any levels.
However, keep in mind that the Introduction section, which is preceded by the full title of the paper, should be presented in plain type. AnyThe use of headings and subheadings give the readers a general idea of what to expect from the paper and leads the flow of discussion. These elements divide and define each section of the paper.
APA recommends five-level heading structure based on the level of subordination. The extent of using the different levels depends on the length and complexity of the paper. Usually, short papers or articles use two to three levels, but longer papers necessitate up to five levels. Level 1 encompasses a broader topic and levels 2 to 5 covers narrow to more detailed topics.Level 1 Section headingLevel 2 Subsection headingLevel 3 Subsection of a subsection headingLevel 4 Subsection under a subsection of a subsection headingLevel 5 Su.