Left margin: 1" Right margin: 1" Top margin: 1" Bottom margin: 1" Pages are numbered at the top right. Generally, the same font must be used throughout the manuscript, except 1) tables and graphs may use a different font, and 2) chapter titles and section headings may use a different font. TITLE PAGE TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER I - Introduction Introductory paragraphs Statement of the problem Purpose Significance of the study Research questions and/or hypotheses CHAPTER II - Background Literature review Definition of terms CHAPTER III - Methodology Restate purpose and research questions or null hypotheses Population and sampling Instrumentation (include copy in appendix) Procedure and time frame Analysis plan (state critical alpha level and type of statistical tests) Validity and reliability Assumptions Scope and limitations CHAPTER IV - Results CHAPTER V - Conclusions and recommendations Summary (of what you did and found) Discussion (explanation of findings - why do you think you found what you did?The style guide contains hundreds of rules for grammar, layout, and syntax. Instead of saying "I will ..." or "We will ...", say something like "The researcher will ..." or "The research team will ...".A suggestion: Never present a draft (rough) copy of your proposal, thesis, dissertation, or research paper..if asked.While the population can usually be defined by a single statement, the sampling procedure needs to be described in extensive detail.There are numerous sampling methods from which to choose. This is extremely important because the reader of the paper must decide if your sample will sufficiently represent the population.The purpose is a single statement or paragraph that explains what the study intends to accomplish. The whole idea of inferential research (using a sample to represent the entire population) depends upon an accurate description of the population.A few typical statements are: The goal of this study is to... When you've finished your research and you make statements based on the results, who will they apply to?The same rules apply to writing a proposal, a thesis, a dissertation, or any business research report.Research papers usually have five chapters with well-established sections in each chapter.A paper that looks like a draft, will interpreted as such, and you can expect extensive and liberal modifications.Take the time to put your paper in perfect APA format before showing it to anyone else.