Final paper guidelines

You are welcome to ask your Professor or Teaching Assistant questions about format or content of your final paper at any time during the quarter.

Some general guidelines on American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Here are some examples of an APA-style annotated bibliography (2018, Writing Center, UNC-Chapel Hill). You can find more by googling APA annotated bibliography. This is just a way of keeping track of the papers that you have read.

An example single-experiment paper (from that you can use to structure an experimental proposal paper. Also, guidelines for writing and structuring a research paper.

An example review paper (written by a student but commented by instructors; not a perfect paper but will give you an idea) from Purdue University’s OWL program. Some further guidelines here (2018, Writing Center, UW-Madison).

Keep in mind that you can also look at the papers that we have read for class as examples of writing form. For examples of the form of a review paper, you should look at review papers only (found in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and other journals that publish brief reviews).


  • 8-10 pages
  • 10+ references cited (5 or less from class readings)
  • Double-spaced 12-point Times font
  • 1-inch margins
  • Please include page numbers!
  • Title page and reference list don’t factor into page count


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