If you take a psychology or sociology class, your professor may ask you to write a term paper in APA format. College courses often require the use of APA (American Psychological Association) style to ensure consistency among their students, especially in subjects revolving around the social sciences. Often times, professors will provide discussion questions relevant to the class and require students to format them in APA style.

Phrasing Discussion Questions

After you have decided upon pertinent discussion questions and compiled any necessary information to use, you must phrase your discussion question in a clear and concise manner. Use lead-ins for direct quotes or other information such as statistics and facts. "According to..." or "Dr. X states that..." are examples of lead-ins to introduce your discussion question. In the lead-in, include the name of the publication or person that provided the information, as well as the year. Place specific article references like page numbers at the end of the statement.

According to Mitchell (2005), "working women are often paid less than their male counterparts" (p.21); what implications does this have for future working generations?

Another variant of a discussion question: In 1994, Dr. Kane stated that "fish can change genders for reproduction" (p.47); how did this change the perspective on evolution?

Formatting Discussion Questions

Type the question in proper APA style format. The document should have one-inch margins and should be double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font. APA style also requires a page header at the top of every page. To create a page header, insert page numbers in the top right of the paper. Then insert "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in all capitals to the top left of the page. Include the full citation in the references page of the paper, if needed.