This guide is based on recommendations of the fifth edition of the published by the American Psychological Association (2001). This online publication is by no means a substitute for that book, which is an extensive resource for students engaged in serious research in psychology and the social and behavioral sciences. If online guides like this one and other summaries of APA style in composition textbooks, etc. do not suffice, students should purchase the APA for their own use (approximately $27 for the recommended spiral-bound edition) or borrow it from a library. Copies should be available in college and university libraries and in municipal libraries.
An APA thesis is a paper or dissertation that is written according to the regulations set out by the American Psychological Association (APA). The American Psychological Association is one of two organizations that have set out thesis guidelines that are widely accepted and used, the other being thesis guidelines set out by the Modern Language Association (MLA). These two kinds of guidelines are used to establish a common style for the content of the thesis that is being written. An undergraduate student working on a paper for a literature class on Shakespeare's sonnets is likely to use the MLA guidelines to write her thesis. On the other hand, a student completing a graduate degree in psychology would write an APA thesis, following the guidelines set out both by the American Psychological Association and any guidelines set out by the accrediting institution.
BibMe: Generate APA thesis citations for your bibliography
If you start your dissertation formatting with the APA style then the whole document will require the same style all through. For more information about how to format your title page in APA style, there are many sites you can refer.