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    APA Outline formatting in Word

    Hi Everyone,

    I have a question perpendicular to my topic. Does anyone know if, in the APA outline format in word, whether a single subheading gets a letter or nothing at all?

    e.g., I. Section 1 --> A. Sub-section 1

    If there is only an "A" sub-section, should the "A" be present or omitted? I have an administrator insisting in APA format there should be no letter if there is only 1 sub-topic but it looks almost wrong in parts of the policy I'm developing. Any thoughts/info would be helpful as google is not quite providing an answer to the exact question I am asking.

    I apologize if this isn't the correct forum (meaning the site in general), but you guys are typically my support for other things so I thought why not try.

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    Re: APA Outline formatting in Word

    I do not have a copy of the APA style guide so I do not know their specific rules for outlines. So this is going to be my opinion as someone who has done a large amount of technical and business writing.

    From what I see online, every item in an APA outline gets a letter or number. So there does not seem to be an option of nothing at all.

    In general, a topic should not even have only one subtopic.

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    Item I.B.1 should be 1) removed altogether, 2) absorbed into its heading, or 3) other subtopics added. The rationale applied in each one of these situations is below:

    Solution 1. The subheading is really just another way to state its heading and it is not a subtopic.

    B. Contention for resources

    Solution 2. The subheading just extends its heading but is not a subtopic.

    B. Contention for scarce resources

    Solution 3. The subheading is only one of other subtopics that should be included.

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    Re: APA Outline formatting in Word

    Thanks Jeff for taking the time to offer some guidance!

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    Re: APA Outline formatting in Word

    FWIW I will check with a couple of people I know who are professional writers/editors and see if they have time to give an opinion.

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    Re: APA Outline formatting in Word

    I checked with a friend who is a professional writer and editor and she agreed with my response.
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