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APA Citation Style, 7th Edition: Student Paper Layout

Formatting Your Paper


General Guidelines:

  • Font: APA now allows several different options for fonts, you can choose one of the following, make sure to use the pt. size specified: 
    • Calibri, 11 pt.
    • Arial, 11 pt.
    • Lucinda Sans Unicode, 10 pt.
    • Times New Roman, 12 pt.
    • Georgia, 11 pt.
  • Spacing: The entire document should be double spaced.
  • Margins: Margins should be set uniformly at 1 inch on all sides.
  • End of a Sentence: There only needs to be ONE space after a "period." 
  • Headers:
    • Running Head: Student papers no longer require a running head.  
    • Page Numbers: Page numbers should be in the header of your document, flush right. 
  • The paper should be written in the following order: 
    • Title Page
    • Text
    • References
    • Appendices

picture from: 7th ed., p.32

  • Title Page: The title page should contain the following components placed in the center of the paper, center-spaced, each on it's own line:
    • Paper Title (move down two double spaces)
    • Author
    • Department, Affiliation (School)
    • Course
    • Instructor
    • Due Date


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