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APA 7 Resource Center: Formatting

 

APA Formatting Requirements

General Guidelines

  • Font: APA now allows several different options for fonts, you can choose one of the following, make sure to use the point size specified: 
    • Calibri, 11 pt.
    • Arial, 11 pt.
    • Lucinda Sans Unicode, 10 pt.
    • Times New Roman, 12 pt.
    • Georgia, 11 pt.
  • Spacing: In general, your 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." 
  • Page Numbers: included in the header on every page

Abstract

APA Check List

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliographies can be formatted in different ways. This is just one example. Please check with your instructor to see if they have specific formatting instructions. 

Section Headers

All APA papers must include section headings. There are five headers in all, but you should only use the ones you need, based on the length and complexity of your paper. Thus you should use only the number of headings necessary to distinguish your sections. And note, a brief student paper may have not headings at all!

Recommendations:

  • Follow the same rules you would use for an outline. Heading Level 1 is for main sections. Level 2 is for subsections under the Level 1 headings.
  • If you have subsections under Level 2, then use Level 3 for those sub-subsections. And so on!
  • You should never have one subsection heading within a section, just like an outline.
  • Do not label headings with numbers or letters; use a brief title.
  • Spacing should remain double-spaced; do not add a blank line after the heading.
HEADING LEVEL FORMATTING EXAMPLES
1

Centered, Bold, Title Case Heading

Indented text begins as a new paragraph.

2

Flush Left, Bold, Title Case Heading

Indented text begins as a new paragraph.

3

Flush Left, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading

Indented text begins as a new paragraph.

4

Indented, Bold, Title Case Heading,

Ending With a Period. Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph.

5

Indented, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading,

Ending With a Period. Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph. 

For more information see the APA Headings Page.

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