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How to Make a List of Questions in APA Style


Seriation is the style and art of placing syntactically parallel items in a series or list. It is also a useful means of clarification. Making a list of questions in American Psychological Association (APA) style is a type of clarifying seriation. The APA style handbook "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" offers specific guidelines in the proper way to format a list of questions in APA style. Follow these steps and guidelines when you want to write your question list correctly in APA style.

Begin your list of questions on a new line by indenting as a new paragraph (or using the TAB key) and typing an Arabic numeral 1 followed by a period. If you are hand writing your list, indent your numeral 1 as a new paragraph in your text.

Type or write the first question in your list followed by a question mark, leaving one space between the period after the question number and the first word of the question. Capitalize the first word of the question and any proper nouns like names. For example, you type or write "1. How rapidly did the London subjects react to the stimulus?"

Continue your list of questions in APA style on a new line by pressing the TAB key on your keyboard or indenting for a new paragraph and typing or writing an Arabic numeral 2 followed by a period. Align the "2." immediately under the "1."

Type or write the second question in your list followed by a question mark, leaving a space between the period after the question number and the first word of the question. Capitalize the first word of the question and any proper nouns. For example, type "2. Were the timed results reliable?"

Continue and complete your list by numbering and writing each additional question in the same way.

References
  • "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association"; American Psychological Association; 2010
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