The American Psychological Association (APA) Style is a set of rules for citing sources and formatting papers. The purpose of this guide is to serve as a ready reference tool for formatting your papers and citations in APA Style.
In general, APA Style is used in the Social Sciences.
Check with your professor to be sure you are using the correct Style.
APA Style: Format Your Student Paper
General Format of Student Papers
The following are all centered and double-spaced:
Title of paper in bold that describes the main thesis of your paper
Name of school (SUNY Ulster)
Course number: Course Name
Assignment due date (ex. January 25, 2021)
page number in upper right
Body of Paper
Follow these guidelines unless your instructor provides specific formatting:
Continue pagination from title page
Restate the title at the top of the page, bold and centered
Margin: One inch on all sides
Font size: 12 point
Typeface: Times New Roman
Spacing: Double-space throughout the entire paper
Alignment: Flush left, uneven on right
Paragraph Indentation: Half-inch
Section headings may be used as needed
Charts, tables and appendices as appropriate
Start on a new page
Use the title References at the top, in bold and centered
Double-space all entries
Use a hanging indent where first line of each entry is flush left and subsequent lines are indented .5 in.
To format your paper using Microsoft Word, see the guide below: