An empirical paper will have the same write up as a research study. The most common citation style used for an empirical paper is APA. The following is a description of guidelines to follow when writing an empirical paper using the APA style. The empirical paper will contain the following eight sections; title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, references and tables and figures. All text should be double spaced with one-inch margins. Page numbers will appear in the upper right hand corner of the page on all pages but the title page.
Many times a page header will be used in a formal APA style empirical paper found consisting of the first few main words of the title placed before the page number. If your empirical paper is published then a running header will appear in the upper left hand corner of your pages. Each of your sections will begin with a header in bold. Any subsection headers in your empirical paper will be underlined. You can incorporate tables and figures at the end of you empirical paper or incorporated into the text, you should check with your professor or instructor. They should have appropriate captions.
The easiest sections to begin writing are the hypothesis, methods and results. Then writing the results and introduction and finishing with the conclusion is a typical order for student to write their empirical paper. The title and abstract are usually the last parts to be written. You most certainly do not have to write the sections of your empirical paper in order. Make sure you use appropriate language. An empirical paper use much more condensed and precise language then you will find in essays or stories. You should not have any spelling or typographical errors and make sure to have your empirical paper proofread by at least one additional person.