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General Instructions For Creating An APA Style Research Paper On LGBT


It’s important that when you create an APA style research paper on any LGBT topic – or any topic for that matter – you follow some strict guidelines. APA is largely used by the social science academic community and researchers expect to find consistency in the work that is published in their fields. So here are some general instructions that should help you construct a flawless APA style research paper on LGBT:

General Formatting Rules

Your LGBT research paper should be printed on standard 8.5” x 11”, with 1” margins all around. Font size should be 12-point, typed in either Times New Roman or some other easy to read typeface, double-spaced throughout.

Common Paper Sections

The following are the most common sections of a research paper. You don’t need to put page breaks between sections, with the exception of the title page, abstract and references, which all should be on separate pages.

  • Title Page
  • Your title should be about 10 – 12 words, centered and placed about one third of the way down. On the next line type your name. On the line after that type the name of your school. All of this should be 12-pt font and be double spaced. Include a running head in the top left side of the top margin. It should be in all caps and be a shortened version of your title. Also include a page number flushed right.

  • Abstract
  • An abstract is short summary where you introduce your topic in one or two sentences, followed by an overview of the methodology, results and discussion sections. It should exceed no more than 120 words.

  • Introduction
  • To make this easy, you should be written after you’ve completed your study and you know exactly what the work is about. It should simply summarize and evaluate the information that surrounds your topic and provide insight to what you aim to accomplish with your study.

  • Methodology
  • This section is pretty straightforward and should simply provide details of how you conducted your study. There should be no indication of personal interpretation. The goal is that any researcher can duplicate the study exactly and arrive at similar conclusions.

  • Results
  • This section is also straightforward in that you provide the results exactly as they appear. Again, don’t interject interpretation or personal opinion. Just present the results as clearly and directly as possible.

  • Discussions
  • Finally, in the discussions section you are able to provide an interpretation of the overall study and provide some reason for why it worked or didn’t work as it relates to the methodology you used.

  • References
  • The last section should be your reference page which includes all sources and citation information. Make sure the content is accurate so that information cited throughout the work can be verified independently.

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