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  1. hello all,
    i have to write my first apa formatted paper for my speech class and there is a snag i have run into. i may be making this more complicated than it has to be but i can't figure out how to put my college on the cover page. the examples in my book are confusing to me. please help. this is what i gather so far:

    running head and page number to the top right.

    running head: example title


    centered: example title
    centered: johnnysgirl
    centered: college of the desert (or, college of the desert of california)

    (the textbooks example lists their college as: hunter college of the city university of new york)

    my confusion is if i need to add the state in which the college resides in, or if i just list the name of the college. i know.. pretty simple, but like it said, it's my first apa paper. thanks.

    johnnysgirl
    Last edit by JohnnysGirl on Dec 3, '07 : Reason: edited the word : their
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   txspadequeenRN
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  4. by   JohnnysGirl
    I have APA-Style Helper 5.0 that works for Word 2007. I have an unregistered copy of word 2007, so until I get a legit copy, I can't use the APA-Style Helper I purchased. I would rather just get an answer to the one question I had in regards to weather I need to list the State along with the title of the college I attend on the cover page. All the examples I have looked at on the internet and in my text don't spell it out black and white. Does anyone know? Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

    also, I tried to get the free APA template from microsoft office online, but like I said until I get a registered copy...
    I do have 1 APA template, but it doesn't answer questions like these.
    Last edit by JohnnysGirl on Dec 3, '07 : Reason: added info
  5. by   shock-me-sane
    I don't know if it is a hard and fast rule, but yes put the state in there.

    Also as a side note, the running head and your actual title typically aren't the same. I don't know if that is just your example or not.

    Good luck from a fellow IE-er
  6. by   JohnnysGirl
    Quote from shock-me-sane
    I don't know if it is a hard and fast rule, but yes put the state in there.

    Also as a side note, the running head and your actual title typically aren't the same. I don't know if that is just your example or not.

    Good luck from a fellow IE-er

    Lol.. as for the running head and title not being the same, yeah, i know,but thanks for pointing it out. I didnt stop to think of what to put other than example title. Thanks for the response. I very much appreciate it.
  7. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    I've never explicitly put the state in which the school was located and I've never been dinged for it (in some cases, it was an integral part of the university name, though).

    Recognize that the name "City University of New York" is the formal name of the institution (aka CUNY) so the NY name belongs in the title. FWIW, the "New York" in that title probably refers to the city of NY rather than the state of NY.

    I'd just use whatever college name the college uses on its catalog and letterhead.

    Kudos for the attention to detail but I think you're over thinking this one...
  8. by   Zphreaky1
    Yeah, you don't need the state name unless it is part of the university name. The running head in APA is supposed to be the first few words of the paper title. This is according to the APA handbook, although, the school may have rules which supersede the APA rules.

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