APA Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

APA Scavenger Hunt Worksheet





APA Element/Requirement




Page Numbers of Answer and Example (if available in the sample paper)  



Title Page
1. List the elements of a title page.


Running head (with page number), title, byline, and institutional affiliation Pages 23-24; 41 (sample paper) 1
2. Describe the format and location for the Running head. Abbreviated title on the top left of the title page and all the following pages. It should only have a max. of 50 characters and all uppercase. Pages 23, 41, 229-230

(sample paper)

3. Describe the format and location for the title.


Concise statement of the main topic & fully explanatory when alone. No abbreviations & no more than 12 words. Upper & lower case centered between the left & right margin on the upper half of the page. Pages 23, 41

(sample paper)



4. Describe what a byline is, how it should be typed and how to include more than one author.


It is the name of the author. Preferred name is first name, middle initial, & last name. If more than 1 author use ‘and’ between the authors, if more than two, use comma between the names, then comma ‘and’ after the final name. Pages 23-24, 41

(sample page)



5. What is your institutional affiliation? How should it be typed?


The location of the author when the research was taking place. Mine is Loma Linda, California


Rizelle L. Murao

Loma Linda, California

Pages 23-24, 41

(sample page)



6. Where is the page header located? What format is prescribed?


It is located at the top of the page and is the title of the article. Page 230  


Body of Paper/General Formatting Rules
7. The manual contains a miniaturized “picture” of sample papers with title page, narrative and a reference list. How can you use this for your papers?


It can be used as a reference of how to format my papers. It’s a quick tip sheet that can be referenced of where each part of the paper is located and how it is formatted. Pages 41-59

(sample pages)




8. Margins: What setting is prescribed for margins in the body of text and reference page?


At least 1 in. at the top, bottom, left, & right of every page. The same font and size as the rest of the paper. Page 229  


9. Spacing:

1) How many spaces between lines should appear in the body of the text and references?

2) How many spaces are used in text after a comma, colon, semicolons, punctuation marks at the end of a sentence, periods in a reference citation, or periods after initials in a personal name? (Hint: The answer is the same for all).


1) Double-space in between all text lines

2) One space

1) page 229

2) pages 87-88, 115






10. Font & Typeface: What is the acceptable font size and typeface?


Times New Roman with 12-point font size. Pages 228-229  


11. Levels of Heading: What format is used for a Level 1 and Level 3 heading?


Level 1: Centered, boldface, uppercase & lowercase heading.

Level 3: Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.

Pages 62-63  


12. Is it allowed in APA for the author to refer to self by using the pronoun “I”?


Yes, personal pronouns are encouraged. Page 80  


Citations, Quotations and References List
13. In-text Citations: What is an in-text citation and how is it formatted?


Identifies source in the text for the readers & allows them to locate source of information. It is the formatted in text with the author’s last name followed by the year of publication in parenthesis. Pages 174-179  


14. When do you use “and” to join the authors and when do you use “&” to join the authors in a citation?


“and” is used in a multiple-author citation in running text. “&” is used in a parenthetical material, in tables and captions, & in the reference list. Page 175  


15. Quotations: How are quotations with fewer than 40 words formatted?


When quoting, what must always be included with the quote?


If less than 40 words incorporate it into text and enclose with double quotation marks.


Author, year, & specific page citation or paragraph number for nonpaginated material in the text & include complete reference in the reference list.

Pages 170-174  



16. References: What is the purpose of a reference list?


To provide the necessary information to identify & retrieve each source. Page 180  


17. What does “agreement of text and reference list” mean?


It means that only sources used in the research/text are listed in the reference list. Reference data must be correct & complete. Page 180  


18. How are references ordered in the reference list? Do you double space?


Alphabetical order by surname of the first author’s last name and double-spaced. Pages 180-181  


19. In the reference list, what is the acceptable abbreviation for “edition,” “Editor,” “Editors,” “page,” “pages,” and “no date?” edition: ed.

Editor: Ed.

Editors: Eds.

page: p.

pages: pp.

no date: n.d.

Page 180  


20. What rule governs whether a state is given in the reference list publisher location?


Publisher locations provided as noted on the title page for books, reports, brochures, & other separate, nonperiodical publications. Pages 186-187  


21. How do you cite a work discussed in a secondary source? Provide answers for both in-text and on the reference page?


In-text: name the original work & then cite the secondary source.


Reference list: cite secondary source

Page 178




22. Format Examples for References


For the following types of references, locate the page(s) with the examples of how to format the references in the next column.

List page(s) where you can find examples of how to format references for the following:

page #/s: 199- Journal article with two authors (paper form)

page #/s: 198-199- Journal article with two authors (electronic version)

page #/s: 202-203- Entire Book

page #/s: 202-204- Chapter in an edited book

page #/s: 203-206- Non-periodical documents on the internet


Pages 198-224  





23. doi Numbers

Describe what a doi is and where and when a doi number can be used.


Doi stands for digital object identifiers. It identifies information/sources/articles on digital networks. It begins with a 10 & contain a prefix & a suffix separated by a slash. It is located on the 1st page of the electronic journal article, by the copyright notice. A doi number can be used to locate the article or publication online by clicking the link or entering it in the doi resolver. Pages 188-189  


24. Semi colon

Where can you find a description of a semi colon is and how to use it correctly! What is it?


It is used to separate two independent clauses not joined by a conjunction. It can also separate element in a series already including commas. Pages 89-90  


25. Protection of research participants

Where can you find information about protecting the rights and welfare of research participants? What standards are psychologists held to? What is the most recent publication year of this document?


Personal information about participants are to remain confidential. Written consent must be obtained or sensitive aspects of participants are disguised to make them unidentifiable. This is all part of the APA Ethics Code Standard. Psychologists are held to the Standards 8.01-8.09 of the APA Ethics Code. These standards state that psychologists are required to provide accurate information about their research, obtain consent from participants, inform participants of the what the research entails, protecting the participant’s privacy, information, and participant as a whole, not offer any kind of inducement that can coerce the participants participation, avoid deception in research, and provide way for participants to see conclusion of research. The most recent publication year is 2002. Pages 16-18, 233-234  



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