See the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association pp. 228-230 for general guidelines and/or Chapter 2, "Manuscript Structure and Content," for more detail.
Page numbers must appear on all pages. However, the header on the first page is different than the header on all subsequent pages. Download instructions below to learn how to do this in MS Word 2007.
|Header (page 1):|
|Running head: YOUR TITLE IN ALL CAPS (flush left)||Page number (flush right)|
|Header (all subsequent pages)|
|YOUR TITLE IN ALL CAPS (flush left)||Page number (flush right)|
Your title page should include the following:
An abstract is a one-paragraph summary of an article or research study. Your instructor may or may not require you to include one with your paper. If you include an abstract:
The body of your paper should begin on a clean page, after your title page (and abstract page, if applicable). The first page of text should begin with the full title of your paper centered at the top of the page. Do not use boldface type or underline the title. You should not label the beginning of your paper "Introduction," but you may use other section headings such as "Discussion" where appropriate. See the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Assocation for more information on dividing your paper into sections.
Use the same general guidelines for the body of the paper:
Each new paragraph should be indented 5-7 spaces, or one-half inch (usually the Tab key preset). However, block quotations of more than 40 words should be offset from the running text of the paper. See the Paraphrase vs. Direct Quotation section for more information about how to format such quotations.
See the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, pp. 228-230 for general guidelines and/or Chapter 2, "Manuscript Structure and Content", for more detail.
The list of complete citations for the works you have cited throughout the paper should start on a clean page with the word References centered at the top of the page. Do not use boldface type, quotation marks, or underline the word References. This page should also have the header and page number at the top.
Do not indent entries on this list; each should begin at the left margin. Double space each entry on your list, and place the entries in alphabetical order by the first author's last name, without regard to what kind of resource it is (do not divide your list into "Books," "Journal articles," etc.). Any resource that is listed by its title (i.e., has no author) should also be listed alphabetically, interspersed with those listed by author.
The second and following lines of each citation must be indented 5 spaces (or one Tab key). This is known as a hanging indent. Word processing software can usually be set to perform this function automatically (Click here for more information).
See guidelines for formatting citations (and sample citations) for each kind of resource under the Citing Sources: APA tab on the left.
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