Always - Check with your instructor for specific requirements.
APA Papers typically contain four major sections:
Font - use same font throughout
Check with your instructor for preferences. APA recommends the following:
Spacing - Double-space entire paper, including Reference list and block quotes.
Margins - use 1 in. (2.54 cm) margins on all sides (Bound dissertations have different requirements for binding)
Parenthetical References - used in text of paper for all sources of information/data, whether paraphrased or direct quote
Page Numbers - Added once paper complete to top right-hand corner, number pages consecutively, beginning with title page .
APA 7th edition provides different formatting instructions for title pages of student and professional (scholarly publications/thesis/dissertation). Information provided from APA Manual of Style, 7th ed. sections 2.1 thru 2.8
Titles should appear:
Student Title page should contain:
Professional Title page should contain:
Refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) General Format website for examples:
APA recognizes 4 elements of a Reference
Key guidelines for each of the elements is provided below. For more specific and detailed guidelines, please refer a print copy of the manual.
General Reference Format:
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).