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APA Style Guide: 7th Edition

Formatting: Title Page, Body, References

  • The document may be written using one of the following fonts:

    • Sans serif such as 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode

    • Serif such as 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, or 10-point Computer Modern

  • The margins must be 1-inch on all sides of each page

  • The document and reference page must be double spaced

  • Page numbers must be on each page in the top right corner, including the title page

  • Student papers do not include a running head unless requested by the instructor or institution

  • The first sentence of each paragraph must be indented 0.5 inches

  • References must appear on a separate page at the end of the document

  • The reference list must be in alphabetical order by the author's last name

  • When multiple works by the same author are used as references, arrange them by year of publication, listing the earliest first

  • Hanging indents are required if a reference is more than one line in length. Click below for instructions on setting up hanging indents

Click here to access sample papers formatted in APA style

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Setting the line spacing to double (2.0):

There are different ways to set your document to double space.

These short instructions will show you one way of accomplishing the task:

  • From the "Home" tab, in the "Paragraph" group, click on the "Line and Paragraph Spacing" icon.
  • Select 2.0 from the drop down menu to set your document to double space.
  • Now click on "Remove Space After Paragraph".
  • Type away!


Inserting page numbers to the top right corner of a document:

1- From the "Insert" tab, in the "Header and Footer" group , click on "Page Number" to expand the drop down menu.

2- Select the top right corner option from the "Top of Page" drop down menu.

3- Close the "Header and Footer".

4- Done!



Creating a hanging indent for the References page:

1- Insert a Page Break between the body of your paper and the References page:

  • Click on the "Insert" tab.

  • In the "Pages" group (located on the far right on the ribbon) click on "Page Break".

2- From the "Home" tab, in the "Paragraph" group, click on the arrow located in the bottom right corner to open a dialogue box.


3- In the "Indentation" section, go to "Special" and select "Hanging". The default setting for a hanging indent is 0.5 inches or 1.27 cm which meets the APA citation style requirements.


Et voilà!