We reviewed an APA Style Paper to get an idea of what's expeted for our Informative Essay.
*Important Note: the paper we reviewed was not an informative paper so don't use it as a blueprint for the informative essay.
-Allow a justified left margin
-List the title, your name, your instructor's name, the date you COMPLETED the assignment and the word count (The word count includes everything except for your cover page and reference list)
-Don't write an abstract. It is mainly used for publishing purposes. We'd only need to write one if we were at a level of writing where our work would be published. HOWEVER, if we did write one, the Abstract should be written AFTER we've written the paper and it should be a short summary of that paper.
-Used to reference books
-Can separate the hypothetical from the rest of the text
-Can be used for foreign words/phrases for which there is no English equivalent
-Only cite when there's a change in sources (You don't need to cite the source after each sentence as long as the next sentence came from the same source.)
-Make sure your reference list has the same font and size
-Create a hanging tab for web addresses in you reference list. (Force break before "www" and Press ENTER)
-Your reference list should be in alphabetical order
-If you got a source from a researching tool such as EBSCOhost and if it provides a URL then include that in your referencing
*Not all papers will need subheaders
*Include the coverpage as part of your page numbers
*Keeping your essay separate from your cover page and reference list may be helpful to you while you're writining it. MAKE SURE YOU HAND THEM IN TOGETHER AS ONE WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED!