APA has recommended journal article reporting standards that specify the formatting and structure of papers submitted for publication in journals. Your instructor may or may not want you to use this format for assignements so it is always a good idea to check to see if you instructor has any special instructions.
Papers written in APA format have the following recommended features (see right for examples):
ABSTRACT PAGE (ask your instructor if he/she requires and Abstract page)
BODY OF PAPER
FAST FOOD 2
Childhood obesity is the result of eating too many calories and
not getting enough physical activity. In the United States, 17%
of all children and adolescents are obese (“Overweight and
Obesity,” 2012). This is triple the rate from just one generation
ago. Recent studies have also indicated that childhood
consumption of fast food is up fivefold from the 1970s (Lin,
Guthrie, and Frazao, 2001). This paper will use recent studies to
determine if there is a link between increased consumption of
fast food and childhood obesity.