Different types of information about your study are addressed in each of the sections, as described below.
Do not put page breaks in between the introduction, method, results, and discussion sections.
The introduction starts out broad (but not too broad! Here are some guidelines for constructing a good introduction: Don’t put your readers to sleep by beginning your paper with the time-worn sentence, “Past research has shown (blah blah blah)” They’ll be snoring within a paragraph! In other words, your intro shouldn’t read like a story of “Schmirdley did such-and-such in 1991. Then....(etc.)” First, brainstorm all of the ideas you think are necessary to include in your paper.
Try to draw your reader in by saying something interesting or thought-provoking right off the bat. Next, decide which ideas make sense to present first, second, third, and so forth, and think about how you want to transition between ideas.
If you make a section break between the title page and the rest of the paper you can make the header different for those two parts of the manuscript). Use the toolbox to insert a page number, so it will automatically number each page. One way to begin (but not the only way) is to provide an example or anecdote illustrative of your topic area.
No more than 120 words, one paragraph, block format (i.e., don’t indent), double-spaced. Provide overview of method, results, and discussion. Although you won’t go into the details of your study and hypotheses until the end of the intro, you should foreshadow your study a bit at the end of the first paragraph by stating your purpose briefly, to give your reader a schema for all the information you will present next.
An APA-style paper includes the following sections: title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, and references.
Your paper may also include one or more tables and/or figures.
The introduction of an APA-style paper is the most difficult to write. Your intro should be a logical flow of ideas that leads up to your hypothesis.
A good introduction will summarize, integrate, and critically evaluate the empirical knowledge in the relevant area(s) in a way that sets the stage for your study and why you conducted it. Try to organize it in terms of the rather than who did what when.