Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

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


Carrie Forbes, MLS

Profile Photo
Carrie Forbes
Laupus Library
Room 2518
East Carolina University
600 Moye Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27834
252-744-2217 -OR- 252-689-8734 (TEXT)

Chat with a Librarian


Chat with a librarian is available during Laupus Library's open hours

Need to contact a specific librarian? Find your liaison.

Call us: 1-888-820-0522 (toll free)


Text us: 252-303-2343