APA title page (cover page)

The title page (cover page) is the first page of your paper, essay or dissertation. The sixth edition APA Style Publication Manual states that an APA title page or APA cover page should contain at least:

  • A running head, including page number
  • The title of the paper
  • The names of the author(s)
  • The university name

Your supervisor or department may have additional requirements.

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The best plagiarism checkers of 2019 [in-depth comparison]

The plagiarism checkers listed in this article are tested using two test documents:

  1. Student’s paper with 50% plagiarism
  2. 100% plagiarized text with excerpts from journals, books and websites.

The table below shows an ordered list of the top 10 best plagiarism checkers in 2019. The overall score is based on plagiarism detected, usability and accuracy.

Tests show that the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker is the best plagiarism checker on the market. It is able to detect exact similarities and difficult to detect paraphrasing plagiarism, while keeping false positives to a minimum. The plagiarism report is extensive and very easy to use.

Top 10 plagiarism checkers of 2019
Plagiarism checkerPlagiarism detectedOverall score
50% plagiarised text100% plagiarised text
1. Scribbr44%75%
2. Ephorus23%61%
3. Quetext29%53%
4. Compilatio28%51%
5. BibMe19%57%
6. Plagscan17%58%
7. Plagramme16%61%
8. Grammarly0%24%
9. Smallseotools5%28%
10. SE Reports4%34%

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Primary and secondary sources

When you do research, you have to gather information and evidence from a variety of sources.

Primary sources provide raw information and first-hand evidence. Examples include interview transcripts, statistical data, and works of art. A primary source gives you direct access to the subject of your research.

Secondary sources provide second-hand information and ideas from other researchers. Examples include journal articles, reviews, and academic books. A secondary source evaluates, interprets, or synthesizes primary sources.

Primary sources are more credible as evidence, but good research uses both primary and secondary sources.

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APA format for academic documents

In addition to apa citation guidelines, the APA publication manual provides formatting guidelines for academic documents. The most important APA guidelines are:

  • 12 pt Times New Roman (body text and headings)
  • One inch (2.54 cm) page margins
  • Double line spacing
  • Running head (paper title and page number)
  • ½ inch indentation for every new paragraph

APA format guidelines

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Types of plagiarism

All types of plagiarism can roughly be divided into three categories. As long as you avoid those three things you don’t commit plagiarism.

  1. Using someone else’s ideas without attribution
  2. Using someone else’s words without attribution
  3. Citing the source incorrectly

The most common types of plagiarism are:

Type of plagiarismSeverity
Paraphrasing plagiarismSevere
Mosaic plagiarismSerious
Verbatim plagiarismSerious
Global plagiarismSevere
Incorrect citationModerate
Non-existent sourceSevere

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How to cite a YouTube video | APA Style

You watched an interesting YouTube video that can serve as a suitable source in your paper. The question is, how do you cite a YouTube video in APA style? In order to properly cite the YouTube video, you need the information highlighted in the screenshot below.

Be aware that if you would like to cite a movie in apa, there are other rules you need to follow.

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How to cite a movie in APA

A movie or documentary can be a useful source for your paper. When you decide to use one of these sources, you need to know how to cite a movie in APA style.

To cite a movie or documentary correctly, you must use an in-text citation and include the source in the reference list.

Be aware that if you would like to cite a Youtube video, there are other rules you need to follow.

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How to create an APA book citation

A standard APA book citation has the following structure: Author surname, Initials. (Year). Book title: Subtitle (Edition). City of publication, State: Publisher. This information can be found on the cover or copyright page of a book.

Extra information is added to the APA reference when citing a book chapter, a translated book, an e-book, or a multi-volume book.

Interactive APA book example

Create APA book citation

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