Answered By: Kate Lynch
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2016     Views: 13

The APA style provides specific rules regarding the format and layout of papers.

A general list of basic formatting requirements is provided below:

  • Your paper should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5” x 11”).
  • The margins on your paper must be 1” on all sides.
  • Use 12 pt size font; Times New Roman is recommended.
  • Include a page header (also called a "running head") at the top of every page.
    • The page header cannot exceed 50 characters (this includes punctuation and spacing!).
    • The page header should always be capitalized, and it should represent some form of the title of your paper.
    • The header on the first page of your paper should read, "Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER".
    • All subsequent headers should simply read, "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER".
  • Your paper should include four main sections:
    • Title Page
    • Abstract
    • Main Body
    • References

For more specific information on formatting your paper, please visit the Library's APA Style Help Guide.