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There are certain elements that you need to be aware of when writing a paper using APA style.
Fonts: The preferred font of APA is Times New Roman 12 pt.
Margins: Margins should be 1 inch.
Page Numbers: Page numbers should be placed in the document header, flush right.
Spacing: The entire document should be double-spaced.
There are generally four pieces to a title page:
Title: The title of the paper should be written in uppercase and lowercase letters. It should also appear in the upper half of the page and be centered between the left and right margins.
Author's name and institutional affiliation: The author's name (first name, middle initial, last name) and institutional affiliation is normally included on the title page. Students writing research papers may be directed to include the course information also. The author information should be located below the title by 2 or 3 returns.
Running head: The running head is a shortened (50 characters) version of the official title. It should be located in the document header, flush left in all uppercase letters. On the title page only it is preceded by- Running head:
Page numbers: The page numbers should be located in the document header, flush right. The title page is considered page 1.
APA uses 5 levels of headings. The level of headings used depends on how complex the paper is. Generally speaking most undergraduate papers only use 2 levels of heading. Creating an outline of your paper will help you determine how many levels of headings you will need. Below are the 5 levels of heading:
|Level 1 heading||Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading|
|Level 2 heading||Flush Left, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading|
|Level 3 heading||Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. Followed by the text.|
|Level 4 heading||Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. Followed by the text.|
|Level 5 heading||Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. Followed by the text.|
The more complex your paper the more levels of headings you will use. Always start with level 1 headings.