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How To Find A Good APA Style Research Paper Introduction Sample

Once students understand how important it is to have an excellent introduction to their paper, it seems to become even more difficult for them to write because it is so vital. It is the only opportunity they are given to set the tone for how their paper is going to go, show a small sample of their writing style and tone, and make a great first impression by grabbing the interest of your reader.

There are a variety of different writing styles that a professor may ask to have a paper written in. Some have personal preferences while others seem to change according to the type of assignment. It is quite likely though that you will not make it through your academic years without being asked to do some type of writing in the American Psychological Association (APA) format. For obvious reasons, this style is most often used in classes that focus on psychology and related subjects, but it can be used in other situations as well.

The main differences between the formats is how the citations are written. APA is done differently than MLA, Chicago, etc. There are a distinct set of rules that must be followed for each one. Although it may seem confusing at first, especially if you have two papers on the go at the same time in different styles, once you get the hang of the APA style you will be able to write future papers with ease.

Where to find introduction samples

When you are searching for introduction samples to look at, there are several places you can go to find them:

  • Psychiatric journals: The newest research is published in journals as it comes out. This is a wonderful place to see examples of the work done by some of the pioneers in your field of study. Since it has been published, you can feel confident that you will be looking at a quality example of how a proper introduction for the paper should be done.
  • Websites about psychology: Psychology websites often have archives of papers that have been done. Look at one or two to determine the tone they used when writing.
  • University websites: Your educational institution also has an archive of papers that have been done. Browse through some of the ones that have been done by former students to see what they have in common.
  • Committee members or advisors: If you have been unable to find an example that you feel confident in working from, the best place to go is your professor, advisors, or committee members. They will point you in the right direction of exactly what they look to see in research papers.