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APA 7th Edition

Resources on the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition released October 2019.

Format Paper

Format Paper 

Consistency in the order, structure, and format of a paper allows readers to focus on a paper’s content rather than its presentation.

All papers, including student papers, generally include a title page, text, and the references page. They may include additional elements such as tables and figures depending on the assignment. Student papers generally do not include an abstract unless requested. 

General APA Guidelines

Your essay should be typed and double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11"), with 1" margins on all sides and a 1/2" (tab) indent at the beginning of each new paragraph. Include a page header (also known as the “running head”) at the top of every page - for a student paper, this only includes the page number.
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 (not to exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation).


The 7th edition of the APA Manual does not specify a single font or set of  fonts for professional writing, it does recommend a few fonts that are widely available. These include sans serif fonts such as 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, and 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode as well as serif fonts such as 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, 10-point Computer Modern.
Source: Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Student Title Page

The student title page includes the paper title, author names (the byline), author affiliation, course number and name for which the paper is being submitted, instructor name, assignment due date, and page number, as shown in the following example.

American Psychological Association [APA] (2020).

APA Concise Guide, 7th Edition Student Paper Formatting Checklist
by the American Psychological Association [APA] (2020).

APA Publication Manual, 7th Edition Student Paper Formatting Checklist
by the American Psychological Association [APA] (2020).

Heading Levels Template Student Paper APA 7th Edition New
by the American Psychological Association [APA] (2020). 

Italics and Quotation Marks Web page
by the American Psychological Association [APA] (2020). 

Student Title Page Guide Handout

by the American Psychological Association [APA] (2020).