APA Scavenger Hunt Template

APA Scavenger Hunt Template

APA Scavenger Hunt Template

Student Name:                                                          Date: January 25, 2014


  1. Carefully read the APA Scavenger Hunt Guidelines found in Doc Sharing. This provides specific details on how to complete this assignment.
  2. Rename this document by clicking “Save As.” Change the file name so it reads Your Last Name APA Scavenger Hunt.docx. For example, if your last name is Smith, type “Smith APA Scavenger Hunt.docx”.
  3. Save the document in a file format compatible with Microsoft Word 2010 or later.
  4. Type your name and date at the top of this template.
  5. Type your answers directly on the template. Follow all instructions. Save frequently to prevent loss of your work.
  6. Submit to the Dropbox by the end of Week 3, Sunday at 11:59 p.m. MT.
  7. Post questions about this assignment to the Q & A Forum so your classmates can read the advice, too. You may also e-mail questions to your instructor.



APA Manual Location

(Page Number and Reference Point)

Points Earned
  Title Page

1.    Running head: Using correct capitalization, alignment, and punctuation, type a running head used for a title page in the Answer box for this item.

On the line below that, using correct capitalization, alignment, and punctuation, demonstrate a running head used for subsequent pages.

(10 points answer)



p. 229–230, 8.03

p. 41, Fig. 2.1.


2.    Byline and institutional affiliation: Using correct alignment, capitalization, and line spacing, type your byline and institutional affiliation in the box to the right.

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

Kevin Corner

Chamberlain: College of Nursing

p. 23-24, 2.02 Table 2.1  
  Body of Paper and General Formatting Rules

3.    Margins: What setting is prescribed for margins in the body of the paper and reference page?

(10 points answer)

Margins should be uniformly set at 1 inch on the top, bottom, left, and right of every page. p. 229, 8.03.  

4.    Line spacing and typeface: What line spacing should be used for the title, body of the paper, and references?

What is the preferred typeface and size?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

The appropriate line spacing that should be used in the title, body, and references of your paper is double space.  The preffered typeface and size is Times New Roman, with a 12 point font size. p. 228-229, 8.03.  

5.    Headings: What are headings and how are they formatted?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

Headings helps to organize your ideas and highlight important items within the section.  Headings also help the reader  identify key points within a manuscript. p.  62, 3.02.  

6.    Commas: Where are commas used in separating the following words in a series within a sentence? After explaining the rule, demonstrate correct comma use by retyping the words below in the answer block.

height width or depth

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

Commas are used to separate elements including before and and or in a series of three or more items. Commas are also used to separate two independent clauses, setting of the year in exact dates, and to separate groups of three digits in most numbers.

height, width, or depth

p. 88-89, 4.03,

p. 94, 4.10, p89, 114.

  Citations, Quotations, and Reference List

7.    Citations: What is a citation? How is it formatted?  When do you use “and” to join the authors and when do you use “&” to join the authors in a citation?

(10 points answer)

Citations are key elements that gives background information, supports your thesis and offers critical definitions and data.  In text citations are formatted with the author’s last name and the year of the publication.  A page number is also required for direct quotations. When citing multiple authors’  Use the word “and” between author’s names within the body of the text and use “&” in parentheses.

p. 169,

p. 174, 6.11,

p. 175, 6.12.


8.    Quotations: How are quotations formatted? How are quotations cited?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

When formatting a direct quote, you must include the author, year of the publication, and page number.  If the quote contains fewer than 40 words, incorporate it into the text and use double quotation marks. Ensure that you use open quotation at the beginning of  the quoted material and close quotation at the end of a quoted material. If the quotation comprises of more than 40 words, display in freestanding block text and do not include quotation marks  Block quotations must be started on a new line and indented.  Also, the sentence should be grammatically correct.

p. 15, 1.10,

p. 170-171, 6.03,

p. 92, 4.08.


9.    Secondary source citation: You read an article by John Brown (published in 2013) who credited an idea to Susan Johnson (published in 2010). How do you cite Susan Johnson’s idea in your paper? HINT: This is known as a secondary source citation.

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

In this example, you should list the secondary source (Susan Johnson) in the reference list.  In text, name the original work (John Brown) but give citation for the secondary source (Susan Johnson), for example:

In Browns article (as cited in Johnson, 2010).

p. 178, 6.17.  

10. Citation and reference: Explain the relationship between what is cited and what is on the References page.

(10 points answer)

The citation briefly describes the source for readers, usually bibliographic information.  The reference is what guides the reader to the source you have selected.  Each citation in your text must have a reference source to avoid plagiarism. p. 174, 6.10.  

11. Reference italics: What portions of a reference for a book are italicized? What portions of a reference for a journal article are italicized?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

For a book reference, Italicize the entire title of the book excluding information within parenthesis.  For an article, do not italicize anything within the reference.  Lastly, for a journal reference, italicize the the name of the periodicals. p. 185, 6.29.  

12. Author information on the reference page: You have read one article by C. William Howard, Lu L. Kim, and Samuel L. Colton. Demonstrate the correct author information in the correct order that should be placed on the reference page.

(10 points answer)

Colton, L. S.

Howard, C. W.

Kim, L. L.

p. 184, 6.27,

p. 181, 6.25.


13. Letter case in article titles on reference page: When typing the title of the article on the reference page, when do you use UPPERCASE letters and when do you use lowercase letters?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

When typing the title of an article on the reference page, capitalize the first word of the title, sub title, and periodical only.  All other letters should be lowercase. p. 185, 6.29.  

14. Reference page format for periodical: Type the general reference form shown in the APA Manual as the basic formula for periodical.

Use correct line spacing, spacing between elements, capitalization, indentation, and italics as you would on the Reference page of a paper.

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of article. Titile of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx p. 198, 7.01.  

15. Reference examples by type: In the APA Manual, on what page do the “examples  by type” of reference begin?

How will you use this section as you create references?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

Examples of references begins on page 198 in the APA Manual.  This section is priceless.  It is a step by step go by of how to reference books, journals, magazines, etc.  I can use this section as a quick reference for my advanced English class as well as my other nursing courses to help me with properly formatting references from different sources. p. 198, 7.01.  

16. Entire paper location: The APA Manual contains a miniaturized picture of an entire paper with title page, body of the paper, and a reference list.

On what page does this miniature paper begin? How will you use this section when you need to write a paper?

(6 points answer, 4 points  location)

The sample papers within the APA Manual starts on page 41.  I can use these papers as outlines and go-bys to properly format my writing assignments and ensure that I am abiding by the APA rules. p. 41, figure 2.1.  

17. DOI numbers: What does DOI stand for? Explain its use. When you are writing a paper, where will you include the DOI for articles you used?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

DOI stands for digital object identifiers.  The DOI is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the internet.  The DOI is included in the reference list. P 189, 6.31.  
  Grammar and Sentence Structure

18. Referring to author tense: If you are referring to a statement made by an author, do you write “Smith claims” or “Smith claimed”?

(6 points answer, 4 points location)

Referring to author tense and even the example, you would write, “Smith claimed.” p. 78, 3.18.  

19. Gender-biased language: What are some ways to avoid gender-biased language?

(10 points answer)

You can avoid gender-biased language by choosing nouns, pronouns, and adjectives that specially describe the participants.  You should also be clear about whether you are referring p. 73, 3.12.  

20. Abbreviations: What are the rules for properly using abbreviations the first time and subsequent times in the body of the paper?

(10 points answer)

An abbreviation must be written out on it’s first appearance of your paper followed immediately by it’s abbreviation in parenthesis.  You may use the abbreviated version thereafter, keeping in mind not to constantly switch from the abbreviated version to the complete version. p. 107, 4.23.  
TOTAL Points Possible: 200 TOTAL Points Earned:  



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