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APA Style: the Basics
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 Paper
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
Indentation: Use the tab key, or indent 5-7 spaces the first line of every paragraph
Pagination: Page numbers in page header flush right starting with the title page
Running head: A brief title of your paper in all caps (different from Title Page) . See sample paper for clarification
Order: Title page, abstract, body of text, references
Running head: abbreviated title with all capital letters, in page header, flush left
Example: Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
Title: centered, upper & lower case
Author name (byline): new line under the title, upper & lower case
Institutional affiliation: after author on a new line, upper & lower case
One paragraph, comprehensive summary of the paper, starts on page 2, no more than 120 words.
Body of Text:
Begins on page 3, usually starting with an Introduction.
To format your paper using Microsoft Word, see the guide below: