Disclaimer: This guide follows the APA 6th ed. manual. The revised guide for the APA 7th ed. manual is now available here:
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: The Official Guide to APA Style. This book is in the Reference collection on the 1st floor. Call number: WZ 345 AM350p 2020. This is the new 7th ed. manual and replaces all rules from the 2010 6th ed. version.
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Standard APA requires a title page with 5 components:
Pages 23-25 (Sections 2.02 and 2.03) of the APA Manual describe all the elements of the title page. Page 41 (Figure 2.1) shows an example of a title page.
NOTE: The APA manual is intended for publications, not course papers. Your professor may require a different style title page or not require you include one at all. It's best to check with your professor if you have questions.
The 7th ed. of the APA manual updates the formatting for the title page and running head setup in Chapter 2: Paper Elements and Format. As stated in the newest manual edition, APA provides the following: "THe running head format has been simplified for professional authors and is not required for students" (p. xix). A standard header for a manuscript in APA Style should include the shortened title of your paper in all caps in the left corner and the page number in the right. The first page should also include Running head: preceding your title. Completed it will look like this:
To create your header using Microsoft Word, open your document and select the Insert tab.
From the Insert tab select Header. A list of options should appear. Select Edit Header from the bottom of that list.
A new set of tools will appear. Select Different First Page:
On the first page, type Running head: SHORTENED TITLE OF YOUR PAPER. Notice that only the R in Running head is capitalized and the title of your paper should appear in all caps. Once you've typed the title, press the tab key twice.
After typing your title, press the tab key twice so you can add the page number. Next, select Page Number from the toolbar. A list of choices will appear. Select Current Position then Plain Number. There are other ways to do this, but this method will not disrupt your formatting and is recommended.
Repeat these steps on the 2nd page, omitting Running head so that only the shortened title of your paper appears. You'll only need to repeat the process once. If you have to, go back to the Insert tab > Header > Edit Header. Go to any page other than the first. Type your title in all caps. You do not need "Running head" after the first page of your manuscript. Again, press the tab key twice and select Page Number > Current Position > Plain Number.
The process is slightly different for those using Word for Mac. See the handout for step-by-step instructions on setting up your header.
There are five heading levels for possible use in your paper. You probably won't need to use more than the first two or three levels. Rules for position, bold or italics, and capitalization depend on which level you are using. For example, the first two levels require you to capitalize all significant words while the rest require you to only capitalize the first word. The five levels are:
Below is an example:
The First Level is Bolded, Centered, Upper and Lowercase
The Second Level is Left Justified, Bolded, and Upper and Lowercase
The 3rd level is indented, bolded, lowercase, and ends with a period.
The 4th level is indented, bolded, italicized, lowercase, and ends with a period.
The 5th level is indented, italicized, lowercase, and ends with a period.
Margins: all margins (left, right, top, bottom) should be set to 1"
Font: Times New Roman, 12-point font is preferred
Line spacing: Double spaced throughout, including title, headings, quotations, references, footnotes, and captions
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APA requires in-text citations and a reference list. References are cited in-text with author-date system and are listed alphabetically by author name in the Reference List.
Author names are inverted. Example: Smith, J.D.
Reference lists should be double-spaced and in hanging indent format (indented 5 spaces).
Book titles and journal titles are italicized. Article titles are not italicized.
Full journal titles are used rather than journal title abbreviations.
Include DOIs for online articles. If DOI isn't available, include journal homepage URL.