How do I format a paper in APA style?
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2018     Views: 3


The general guidelines for formatting a paper by APA standards are as follows:

  • Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

  • Double-space the text of your paper

  • Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
  • You should use a clear font that is highly readable. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Include a page header  (also known as the "running head") at the top of every page. To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left using all capital letters. The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.
  • Your essay should include four major sections: the Title PageAbstractMain Body, and References.



This information was taken from Purdue Owl. For more in depth information on formatting a paper in APA style visit


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