I need to do an outline, and I need an example. this is for social psychology and it has to be apa style.

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APA style is the common format for the social sciences.  The following gives a complete outline of the paper.

Papers or articles following the 5th edition of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style) will typically include the following 8 sections, each of which starts on a new page:

  1. Title Page
  2. Abstract
  3. Body
  4. References
  5. Footnotes
  6. Tables (new page for each table)
  7. Figure captions
  8. Figures (new page for each figure)

The typical four major sections include the following and are presented following a sample alphanumeric outline format (which you could easily follow to organize the body of your paper):

I. Your title page will include

   A.title of the paper

   B.your name

   C. name of institution

II.The purpose of the abstract is to give an overview of your research typically including several components  

   A.research topic


   C.data analysis

   D. possible implications

   E. conclusion. 

III. The body of your paper will require organization of your ideas in your outline in order to summarize the main points of your paper.

     A. An outline can basically follow three main formats to organize your heading, subheading, and details:

         1. alphanumeric  (roman numerals, capital letters,and then numbers) notes

         2. Or you can opt to use alphanumeric with full   sentence outlines

             a. Just remember to be consistent

             b. Keep it clear and concise

         3.  Or, if you prefer, you could use a decimal outline

              a.1.0 for main heading

              b. 1.1/1/2 for subheadings

              c. 1.1.1/1.1.2 for details).

     B. An outline should represent your main ideas and

        supporting details

IV. References must strictly follow the APA format as listed in the following links.

     A. Parenthetical documentation is used to reference outside sources

     B. full bibliographic information is given on the reference page. 

     C. Frequently, references are included with an APA style outline.

V.  Detailed information can be found for each of the sections in the links provided. Check out the APA style basics for sample format and details.