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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2017     Views: 431657

How do I create an APPENDIX in APA style?

 


What is an appendix?

  • A section at the end of a paper that includes information that is too detailed for the text of the paper itself and would "burden the reader" or be "distracting," or "inappropriate" (APA, 2010, p. 38-9).
  • The content in the appendices should be "easily presented in print format" (APA, 2010, p. 39).
    • Examples:
      • lists of length (short lists belong in the paper itself)
      • detailed descriptions (essential details should be in the paper itself)
      • a list of articles that support data but are not referred to in the paper itself
      • demographic details for subpopulations studied by the paper

 


 

Where does the Appendix appear in the paper?

  • The appendices section, if there is one, is close to the last section of your APA-style paper:
    • title page
    • abstract
    • text of paper
    • references list
    • tables 
    • figures
    • appendices
    • footnotes (APA, 2010, p. 229-230). (Rarely used)

 


 

How to format an appendix:

  • You may have more than one appendix (aka appendices)
  • Each appendix should deal with a separate topic
  • Each appendix must be referred to by name (Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, etc.) in the text of the paper
    • To refer to the Appendix within your text, write, (see Appendix A) at the end of the sentence in parentheses. Example:
      • In addition to the limitations of email, Cummings et al. (2002) reviewed studies that focused on international bank employees and college students (see Appendix B for demographic information).
  • Each appendix must be labeled with a letter (A, B, C, etc.) according to where it appears in the paper.
      • The first appendix referred to in the paper would be named Appendix A
      • The second appendix referred to in the paper would be named Appendix B
      • If there is only one appendix, it is just called Appendix
  • Each appendix must also have a title
  • Begin each appendix on a separate page
  • Place the label and title of each appendix at the top of the page, centered, using normal capitalization. Label first, title second.
  • Paragraphs
    • The first paragraph is flush left and not indented.
    • The second and following paragraphs are indented as "normal" paragraphs are.
    • All paragraphs are double spaced.
  • If your appendices include tables or figures, treat them as they would be treated in the main text.
    • See the Abstracts and Appendices page of the APA Guide for more information.
    • Exception to the rule: add the letter of the appendix (A, B, C, etc.) to the figure or table number (e.g., Table B3 would be the third table in Appendix B).
  • If your appendices use information from an outside source, cite it parenthetically within the text of the appendix and include the reference in the main references list for the paper (do not create a separate references list).

 


 

A sample appendix is below.

Comments (10)

  1. Not only did this answer my question, it answered several questions I hadn't even considered yet. Excellent resource!
    by Magnus on Nov 23, 2016.
  2. Great resource to use, very helpful info. Thank you for the visual example.
    by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2016.
  3. Extraordinarily helpful
    by Ashna on Feb 27, 2017.
  4. This information was very helpful! The instructions and example provided clarity.
    by Student on Mar 06, 2017.
  5. What about page numbering? Is it continuous or does it restart at the beginning of the appendix section or does each appendix have its own page numbering (e.g. A1, A2, B1, B2...)?

    Sara, Librarian Answer: Page numbering is continuous, it does not restart at the appendix section.
    by Brent on Apr 21, 2017.
  6. Does APA style require a whole section page for appendices? As in, a page with APPENDIX (or APPENDICES) written in the middle of the page before the actual appendices themselves?

    Sara, Librarian Answer: No. A page like that is unnecessary.
    by Sara on Apr 28, 2017.
  7. When I have an assignment limiting to a particular number of pages (lets say 6 pages), do the appendix pages count as one of those six pages?

    Sara, Librarian Answer: Typically the appendix pages do not count as part of the paper. However, we suggest that you check with your instructor to make sure that's their expectation.
    by Katie on May 03, 2017.
  8. Hello
    If I add tables or/and figures to my appendix. Do I have to make a new page for every new table/figure or am I allowed to just leave a line and then begin with the new table/figure?

    Sara, Librarian Answer: You can have as many figures and/or tables in one single appendix as makes sense. Each figure/table should still be formatted in APA and include a caption.
    by Kerstin on May 09, 2017.
  9. If I have multiple pages to a report that I'd like to include in one appendix (they are all part of the same report), do I continue to title each page Appendix A?

    Sara, Librarian Reply: No. You only need to title the first page of each different appendix.
    by Allison on Jun 06, 2017.
  10. Thank you for this exceedingly abundantly helpful resource. Janie Richter
    by Jane Richter on Jun 23, 2017.

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