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APA Style

APA Paper Templates

The majority of lower-level classes at Lynn use the APA Student Paper Format. Please confirm with your instructor if you should use the APA Student Paper or APA Professional Paper for your class.

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

 

See more sample student papers from the APA. 

Please confirm with your instructor if you should use the APA Student Paper or APA Professional Paper for your class.

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

Formatting Your Paper

Example Student Title Page

Student papers do not include a running head unless requested by the instructor or institution. The student title page includes the following:

Paper Title

Place the title three to four lines down from the top of the title page. Center it and type it in bold font. Capitalize major words of the title. Place the main title and any subtitle on separate double-spaced lines if desired. There is no maximum length for titles; however, keep titles focused and include key terms.

Author Name(s)

Place one double-spaced blank line between the paper title and the author names; center author names on their own line. If there are two authors, use the word “and” between authors; if there are three or more authors, place a comma between author names and use the word “and” before the final author name.

Author affiliation

For a student paper, the affiliation is the institution where the student attends school. Include both the name of any department and the name of the college, university, or other institution, separated by a comma. Center the affiliation on the next double-spaced line after the author's name(s).

Course Number and name

Provide the course number as shown on instructional materials, followed by a colon and the course name. Center the course number and name on the next double-spaced line after the author's affiliation.

Instructor name

Provide the name of the instructor for the course using the format shown on instructional materials. Center the instructor's name on the next double-spaced line after the course number and name.

Assignment due date

Provide the due date for the assignment. Center the due date on the next double-spaced line after the instructor's name. Use the date format commonly used in your country.

Page Number (upper right header)

Use the page number 1 on the title page. Use the automatic page-numbering function of your word processing program to insert page numbers in the top right corner of the page header.

Image Example of a Student Title Page

Example of the Title page of an APA Manuscript

Image Source: Student Style Page Guide

General APA Guidelines for formatting your research paper

  • Use Calibri 11-point font, unless your professor requires a different font (such as Times New Roman 12 pt). Learn about all permitted fonts.
  • 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 (if required by instructor, 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 (insert into the text after it is first mentioned or place each table on a separate page)
    • Figures (insert into the text after it is first mentioned or place each figure on a separate page; include caption on page with figure)
    • Appendixes (start on a separate page)