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Examples Of Appendix In A Research Paper

Where To Find A Strong Example Of A Research Paper With An Appendix

Instructors dislike giving out samples of any type of paper because they worry that students will copy them. This means that students who have to write research papers with appendices will need to find their own samples. Fortunately, finding a sample type of any writing assignment is much easier than students often think it is. There are several places online to find strong examples with all of the extra pieces.

  • College Writing Labs:
  • One of the best places to find a sample paper is a collegiate writing lab. These websites are full of useful writing material, like tutorials, rules, and samples. The websites are managed by top colleges and writing students work on the sites to make sure the content is actually helpful and timely. Most online labs have complete samples of papers, so you do not need to look all over to find the little pieces you need.
  • Informational Websites:
  • The Internet is loaded with informational websites and many of them cover academic topics. Since research paper writing has long plagued high school and college students, webmasters know that writing sites will get viewers. While informational websites can be helpful, they are usually created so the owner of the site can make money; so, be alert to inaccuracies.
  • Style Websites:
  • Since your research paper will need to be written in a certain style, like MLA or ALA, you can find good examples at the dedicated sites. If you have a style book, you can also find samples using the style rules. Unlike the collegiate writing site, style sites and books will not usually include a complete sample, but you should be able to learn about the appendix and other specific sections.
  • Online Writing Sites:
  • The websites that offer essays and research papers for sale also have free samples to give to potential customers. Since these sites are designed to be profitable, they offer good quality example papers so customers will hire a writer and make a purchase.
  • Teacher Blogs and Webpages:
  • Many teachers maintain blogs and websites for their students. Even if your instructor does not have a blog, there are plenty of others who do and many of them include thorough examples for their students. If the blog is maintained by a teacher, you can trust that the examples are high quality pieces.

How do I create an APPENDIX in APA style?


What is an appendix?

  • A section at the end of a paper that includes information that is too detailed for the text of the paper itself and would "burden the reader" or be "distracting," or "inappropriate" (APA, 2010, p. 38-9).
  • The content in the appendices should be "easily presented in print format" (APA, 2010, p. 39).
    • Examples:
      • lists of length (short lists belong in the paper itself)
      • detailed descriptions (essential details should be in the paper itself)
      • a list of articles that support data but are not referred to in the paper itself
      • demographic details for subpopulations studied by the paper



Where does the Appendix appear in the paper?

  • The appendices section, if there is one, is close to the last section of your APA-style paper:
    • title page
    • abstract
    • text of paper
    • references list
    • tables 
    • figures
    • appendices
    • footnotes (APA, 2010, p. 229-230). (Rarely used)



How to format an appendix:

  • You may have more than one appendix (aka appendices)
  • Each appendix should deal with a separate topic
  • Each appendix must be referred to by name (Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, etc.) in the text of the paper
    • To refer to the Appendix within your text, write, (see Appendix A) at the end of the sentence in parentheses. Example:
      • In addition to the limitations of email, Cummings et al. (2002) reviewed studies that focused on international bank employees and college students (see Appendix B for demographic information).
  • Each appendix must be labeled with a letter (A, B, C, etc.) according to where it appears in the paper.
      • The first appendix referred to in the paper would be named Appendix A
      • The second appendix referred to in the paper would be named Appendix B
      • If you have more than 26 appendices, start the alphabet over with AA, BB, CC, and so on.
      • If there is only one appendix, it is just called Appendix
  • Each appendix must also have a title
  • Begin each appendix on a separate page
  • Place the label and title of each appendix at the top of the page, centered, using normal capitalization. Label first, title second.
  • Paragraphs
    • The first paragraph is flush left and not indented.
    • The second and following paragraphs are indented as "normal" paragraphs are.
    • All paragraphs are double spaced.
  • If your appendices include tables or figures, treat them as they would be treated in the main text.
    • See the Abstracts and Appendices page of the APA Guide for more information.
    • Exception to the tables/figures numbering rule: add the letter of the appendix (A, B, C, etc.) to the figure or table number (e.g., Table B3 would be the third table in Appendix B).
  • If your appendices use information from an outside source, cite it parenthetically within the text of the appendix and include the reference in the main references list for the paper (do not create a separate references list).



A sample appendix is below.

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