Q. Is there a difference between an APA essay format and APA research paper?

Answer

An APA paper (essay, research paper, or something else) all follow the same rules for formatting. You can read about the formatting rules on the APA Help guide (especially the Formatting Guide).

As for the difference between an Essay and a Research Paper, it depends on what your instructor assigned.

  • A Research Paper will obviously contain research sources with citations.
  • An Essay may or may not contain research, depending on what the assignment indicates. You would have to ask your instructor if an assigned essay should have research and citations.

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  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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