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APA Style 7th edition: Formatting your Paper

This guide covers stylistics of writing, formatting, and citing in APA Style 7th edition

Standard format for APA Style

Standard APA Format  

  • Title page
  • Double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • Pagination
  • Accessible font-consistent, sans serif fonts (11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, and 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode) Serif fonts (12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, 10-point Computer Modern) ASK YOUR INSTRUCTOR WHAT THEY PREFER!
  • References page
  • Four major paper sections-Title page, abstract, main body, references


Title Page

  • Title of the paper
  • The author's name
  • The institutional affiliation
  • Course number and name
  • Instructor's name
  • Assignment due date

Watch the video from the ERC YouTube channel that shows a step-by-step process for formatting

Title Page

The Infamous Running Head

Good news for students using APA Style! In the 7th edition, the running head is no longer required!

The running head is required in professional   papers ONLY! Be sure to check with your instructor to see what they prefer. If you do need to use a running head, you can follow this step-by-step video from the ERC YouTube channel.