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APA Style: APA Formatting

Paper Elements and Format

APA dictates specific standards for layout of the document.

Page Formatting

  • 12 pt Times New Roman Font
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Double space
  • Page numbers in the header on every page

Major Components of a Paper

  • Title Page
  • Abstract (may not be required by your instructor)
  • Main Body
  • References

Title Page

  • Header example: 
    • Pages are numbered at the top right of the page, starting with the title page as page 1
    • In the upper half of the page include the following information centered: title of the paper, the author's nameinstitutional affiliation, course number and nameinstructor name, and assignment due date.

Sample Title Page



Main Body

  • Begin body content on page number 3 (or 2 if there is no Abstract)
  • Type and center the full title of the paper at the top of the page - first main body page only; subsequent pages will only have the page number in the upper right hand corner
  • Indent the beginning of paragraphs
  • Type the text double-spaced with all sections following each other without a break between paragraphs
  • Identify the sources you use in the paper in parenthetical, in-text citations
  • Format tables and figures

Formatting Checklist

Excelsior OWL has created this great checklist to make sure you have covered all of the APA 7 formatting requirements.

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