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APA Style Guide

General Rules

  • Paper should be double-spaced
  • 1" margins on all sides
  • Page numbers in the top right corner inserted using the automatic page-numbering function of your word-processing program (title page is page 1)
  • Font should be accessible to all readers and be used consistently throughout the entire paper (Recommended fonts include 11pt Calibri, 11pt Georgia, and 12pt Times New Roman)
  • No running head*

* The running head is no longer required for student papers unless requested by your instructor. The running head is an abbreviated version of the paper title that is 50 characters or fewer, counting letters, punctuation, and spaces between words as characters. If requested, it should appear in the page header, flush left and across from the right-aligned page number. It should be written in ALL CAPS. 

Sample Paper

Title Page

APA Sample Title Page


APA Sample Abstract

Body of Paper

APA Sample Paper Body


APA Sample References List