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APA Citation and University Writing: Formatting

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Format Your Paper

APA Style is more than citations... 

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.

Basic Elements of APA 7 Style

Title page (also known as a cover page).

Font options:

  • sans serif fonts such as 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode
  • serif fonts such as 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, or normal (10-point) Computer Modern (the default font for LaTeX)

Double-spaced. The entire document including the title page and reference list.

References page always starts on a new page.

Page numbers. The title page is your first page. The number one (1) should be located in the upper right-hand 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.

For more information see the APA 7 webpage:

Block Quotes

Block quoting (citing quotations of 40 words or longer) - See: Long Quotations on Purdue OWL.

Sample Papers