How to Write an Appendix in APA, MLA and Chicago Style


Writing any essay or research paper, the main or central idea always need some support. The writing which is required must be clear, coherent and focused. However, in few cases, authors collect bulk of information but its positioning become difficult. Within the text, there is not enough space or there are chances of main idea being carried away or overshadowed, nonetheless, any type of information cannot be hold back, as it is the basic motive of conducting any research or essay etc. In such circumstance, a portion appears in the essay which contain all of this extra information. It is mostly situated at the end of the text, in order to make the work more precise and to the point. This portion is call Appendix.

How to write an appendix in APA

The APA style of Appendix suggests that the figures and the tables, which did not get placed in the main manuscript to be placed at the end of it. It could also include the material gathered from the participant in quantitative analysis. The APA guidelines assist scientist and psychologist to maintain a standard writing format, which would the readers to predict the upcoming information in the script.

In-text citation

(APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources, 6th ed.)

Example:

(Oltmanns, Emery, & Taylor, 2015)

Bibliography

Last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Date) Title of work. [Format.] Retrieved by http://…

Example:

Oltmanns, Thomas F., and Robert E. Emery. Abnormal psychology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2015.

How to write an appendix in MLA

The appendix in MLA format also appears in the end of manuscript. There are variety of ways to format an Appendix. Type of MLA appendix can include, explanation of prose that is included or cited in the main text, unnumbered or numbered list, suggestions, samples of questionnaire, bibliography, charts, and tables etc.

In-text citation

(MLA Handbook, 7th ed., section 5.6.1)

Example:

Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. Oxford UP, 1967

Bibliography

Last name, First name. “Section of Website.” Title of the Web site. Version/Edition. Name of publisher or sponsor. Date of publication. Web. Day Month Year of access. <opt. URL>.

Example:

Lib. of Cong. U.S. Govt. Web. 10 February 2012. <http://www.loc.gov/>.

How to write an appendix in Chicago style

In this type of formatting, appendix get the end of the manuscript as well. In this style, a footnote is added in the main text every time an appendix is added. The heading of appendix can be made with numbers (Appendix 1, Appendix 2) or with letters (Appendix A, Appendix B).

In-text citation

(Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., sections 17.270, 17.237)

Example:

Schwenckfeld, Corpus, 2:26-105. CF. Jones, 66.

Bibliography

Last name, First name Middle initial. Title of Site. City: Publishing Company, copyright date. Sponsoring source. http://…(accessed date)

Example:

Schwenckfeld, Caspar. “An Answer to Luther’s Malediction.” Spiritual and Anabaptist writers (1957): 161-81.

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