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APA Style

Pre-formatted Paper Templates

These templates, in both Word and Pages format, have correct headers, margins, page numbers, font style and size, and hanging indents. Includes examples in the References page!

Looking for our printed APA guide?

Here's a link to the printed version of our APA guide that you may have found in the library!

Formatting your Paper

Title page example of an APA Manuscript

Example of the Title page of an APA Manuscript

General APA Guidelines for formatting your research paper

  • Double-space between each line of type on the page. Double-space between all lines of the manuscript.
  • Never use single-spacing or one-and-a-half spacing.
  • Leave uniform margines of at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left and right of every page.
  • Do not justify lines.  Use the flush left style and leave the right margin uneven.
  • The order of the manuscript pages are:
    • Page 1: title page with running head, title, byline, institutional affiliation and Author Note (if applicable)
    • Page 2: abstract (start on a separate page, numbered page 2)
    • Page 3: text (start on a separate page, numbered page 3)
    • References (start on a separate page)
    • Footnotes (start on a separate page)
    • Tables (start on a separate page)
    • Figures (start each on a separate page; include caption on page with figure)
    • Appendixes (start on a separate page)

See Sample Reference page

Learn more about APA Headings (OWL at Purdue)