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APA Style Guide - 7th edition

A guide to APA style

Resources & Rules

These online sources from the APA Style website and two Online Writing Labs (OWLs) contain information and examples on how to write an APA-style student paper, references and in-text citations.  These are good sources for double checking references and in-text citations. 

  • Here is a Sample Student Paper from the APA Style website (pages 61–67 of the APA Manual).  It is also listed in the Really Good Websites tab.  
  • Here is a Sample Professional Paper from the APA Style website (pages 50–60 of the APA Manual).  
  • Instructors may prefer one over the other.  If in doubt, ask your instructor.  

The APA Style website is a great place to guide you in formatting your paper.  

  • Margins: 
    • Leave uniform margins of at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left and right of every page.
  • Spacing: 
    • In general, double-space all parts of an APA Style paper, including most elements of the title page, abstract, text, between paragraphs, block quotes, and reference list (including between and within entries).
    • Exception: insert a double-spaced blank line between the title and the author (your name) on the title page. 
    • Find other exceptions on spacing for tables, figures, footnotes and displayed equations here
  • Fonts:
    • Times New Roman 12-point is always a safe choice, but here are other permitted fonts.
  • Page Numbers:
    • Put page numbers in the top, right corner. 
    • Use the Headers function of your word processing tool.  
    • Start with the title page (1). 
  • Title page
    • Page number in upper, right corner (1), return 3 to 4 times for title
    • Text centered
    • Title: bold font, capitalize major words (4 spaces between title and author)
    • Author (you)
    • Affiliation (Lorain County Community College)
    • Course
    • Instructor
    • Due date
  • Running Head:  
    • Not required for student papers (different from APA 6 Manual).
  • The order of pages is:
    • 1: title page
    • 2: abstract (usually not required for student papers unless requested by the instructor)
    • 3–?: text
    • References (start on a separate page)
    • Footnotes (start on a separate page)
    • Tables (start on a separate page)
    • Figures (start each on a separate page; include caption on page with figure)
    • Appendixes (start on a separate page)

For more details see pages 29–67 in the APA Manual. 


This Guide was adapted from the APA Guide by Leecy Barnett at the Lynn University Library in Boca Raton, Florida.       

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