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APA Citation

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Format Your Paper

APA Style is more than citations. Learn to format your paper.

The formatting rules and guidelines for APA Style are designed for comprehensive research papers.
Read your assignment instructions and adapt the APA Style rules as needed.
This page gives an overview of what your paper will look like when using APA Style and how to set up a Word document.

VIDEO. Formatting Your Paper by David Taylor

Produced by David Taylor.

VIDEO. Formatting Your Paper by Owl Purdue

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APA Formatting - Basics

This video teaches how to set up a research paper. It includes margins, headings, and more.

Just the basics

Basic Elements of APA Style

Here is a check list of the most basic elements of APA Style. When your instructor assigns a project that requires you to write a paper using APA format you will be setting up your document with these elements:

  • Title page (also known as a cover page)
  • Running header
  • 12-point font. Times New Roman
  • Double-spaced. The entire document including the title page and reference list.
  • Page numbers. The title page is your first page. The number one (1) should be located in the upper right corner of the page.
  • Margins. APA guidelines specify: one-inch margins at the top, bottom, right and left of every page. Default margins in Word are one inch.
  • Citations and reference list. Include both in-text citations and a reference list.

PowerPoint? Presentations?

Instructors frequently require students to use APA Style within presentations. APA Style does not provide specific guidelines for PowerPoint presentations and visuals. You will be adapting APA Style guidelines. Check with your instructor about the format. You will likely need to have in-text citations on the slides throughout your presentation for images, data, quotes and paraphrased statements, AND a slide at the end for a reference list.

Complex assignment? Full research paper?

If you are required to follow APA Style for a complex assignment use this guide along with the official APA Style Guide. Click Resources tab for more information.

Sample Paper in APA Style


Learn more about this Sample Paper. Watch the video APA Formatting - Basics by Purdue University.

Word document template APA Style

Word document template

Download: pre-set in APA style
[from David Taylor]