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APA Style - 7th edition: Basic Information

This page provides basic formatting information (fonts, margins, page numbers, headings, etc.)

Paper set up

There are certain elements that you need to be aware of when writing a paper using APA style.

Fonts: There are 6 fonts to select from. You should use the same font throughout the paper. You may also want to check with your instructor to see if they have a preferred font. The approved fonts listed in the 7th edition are: 10-point (Lucida Sans Unicode, Normal Computer Modern); 11-point (Calibri, Arial, Georgia); or 12-point (Times New Roman).

Margins: Margins should be 1 inch on all sides.

Page Numbers: Page numbers should be placed in the document header, flush right.

Spacing: The entire document should be double-spaced.

What goes on a title page?

There are generally four pieces of information that go on a title page:

Title: The title of the paper should be written in bold font, using title case. It should also appear in the upper half of the page and be centered between the left and right margins. There should be an extra space between the title and the student's name.

Student's name and affiliation: The student's name (first name, middle initial, last name) along with their university affiliation.

Course information: Include the course name and number.

Instructor name: Name of the course instructor

Due date: Provide in the month, date, and year format.

Page numbers: The page numbers should be located in the document header, flush right. The title page is considered page 1.

Headings

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 headings:

Level 1 heading

Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading 

The text begins as a new paragraph.

Level 2 heading

Flush Left, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading

The text begins as a new paragraph.

Level 3 heading

Flush Left, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading

The text begins as a new paragraph.

Level 4 heading       Indented, Bold, Title Case Heading, Ending With a Period. The text begins on the same line.
Level 5 heading       Indented, Bold Italic, Tile Case Heading, Ending With a Period. The text begins on the same line.

The more complex your paper the more levels of headings you will use. Always start with level 1 headings.