Child Development 133 (03, 04,
72, 73 & 74)
Research Methods in Human Development

Hembree            Spring, 2013


Writing Checklist

Use the following checklist in checking and revising your APA style paper. Additional APA guidelines may be found at

APA Format

  • Margins are to be 1" from top, bottom, and sides

  • Paper is Double spaced

  • Courier or Times New Roman in 12-point font size is used. 

  • Justification only on left side of paper.

  • Page numbers begin with title page, placed on top right hand corner.

  • Paragraphs are indented five to seven spaces (1/2 inch). Paragraphs are longer than a single sentence.

  • Abbreviations  used sparingly. Always spell out what the abbreviation means the first time it is used (For example, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) ). Thereafter, use the abbreviation.

  • Direct quotes have quotation marks and page number listed

  • All references formatted in APA

  • Numbers under 10 and beginning sentences are spelled out ; numerals used for numbers greater than 10.

  • References match citations, formatted in APA

Grammar/Expressing Ideas

  • Paper is organized with elements in logical order

  • Style of writing is formal (no slang, cliches), specific, and precise

  • Frequently misused words are checked

  • Past tense used consistently for summarizing previous research

  • Verb and subject match

  • Sentences do not begin with ‘so’ or ‘and’ or 'but'

  • No “I believe” and “I feel” or “I think”

  • Complete sentences are used (Avoid run-on sentences and sentence fragments)

  • No one-sentence paragraphs

  • Clear language used: No jargon, wordiness, redundancy

  • Active voice used where possible

  • Punctuation (commas, apostrophes) used correctly

  • No references to personal experience or anecdote

  • Statements are supported by research citations

  • No -over-use of direct quotes

  • New paragraph = new idea


Send problems, comments or suggestions to:

California State University, Sacramento

College of Education

Department of Child Development

Updated: January 25, 2013

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