In your Introduction to Accounting class at your university, your instructor wants you to write an accounting essay in APA format. You do not have experience with APA format or do not know what the acronym stands for. However, you know the accounting material pretty good. APA stands for American Psychological Association. The format is used in psychology, education, and social sciences. Next, you go to the library to look for answers. Searching on the Internet, you find this guide that will help you format APA papers. In this guide, you will find tips in formatting an APA accounting essay.
The first step in your accounting essay is to find from sources such as research journals, books, and articles. Highlight important points, write notes, and paraphrase ideas from the sources.
Start writing your rough draft after you have finished researching your paper. You will need to use 8.5” by 11” paper with 1” margins on all sides. The accounting essay needs to be double spaced and typed with 12-point serif typeface (Times New Roman or Courier). If you have figures, you need to label them with 12-point sans serif typeface (Arial or Helvetica).
Beginning with the title page, every page of your accounting essay should be numbered on the upper right corner. Do not number the pages with artwork and figures. The next step in your accounting essay is to write your rough draft. Order your paper in this way: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Research, and References.
Make your accounting essay’s title shortened. Be sure that the title does not go over twelve words. The title should be on the top of the page and centered. The title should be typed in sentence case. Press enter twice, and type your first name, middle initial, and last name. If you are named “Jr.” or “III,” put a space between the last name and the suffix. For the next new line of your accounting essay, enter the name of your college or university where you conducted research. If you don’t have a research institution, you can list the city and state where you conducted the research for your project. If you are researching outside of the United States, list your city, province, and the country.
The abstract is the summary of your accounting essay. The abstract should be at most 120 words and located on the second page. Highlight the most important details of your economics research paper. Abbreviations and special terms should be labeled (except units of measurement). Previous research should be noted in this section.
The introduction is listed on the third page. The purpose of the economics research paper, background information, presented problem, give details to the problem’s importance, and identify works which are applicable to the paper. Your thesis and supporting statements should be mentioned in this section.
Next, for the research section, place the running header on the upper left side of the page. Center the title on the top of the page, which should be in sentence case. Describe your accounting essay, the information that you are trying to prove (thesis and supporting statements), topic sentences and evidence to support your thesis, and your conclusions.
Finally, name your accounting essay’s sources on the references page. A guide to properly cite your references is located at the Purdue OWL Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).
An accounting essay is a report which provides information about company data. With this guide, you can guarantee that your paper will be formatted correctly in APA format.