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The formatting on nearly every page should consist of the following:
Margins should be 1" on each side of the page.
Use a size 11-12 pt readable font, such as Calibri, Arial, or Times New Roman.
The page number should appear in the top right page header on each page.
Headings and section titles (Abstracts, References, etc.) should appear centered and bolded, without any extra spaces or line breaks.
The paper should be double-spaced, with no extra spaces in between sections.
Each sentence should have a single space between it and the next sentence.
The paper should be broken into a Title page, Abstract (if applicable), main paper, and References page. Each should begin on a separate page with a bold, centered heading.
Each paragraph should be indented 0.5" to the right.
Exceptions: Entries on the References page should have a hanging indent 0.5" to the left. The Abstract paragraph should not be indented.
In-text quotations should include the author's last name, publication year, and page number in parentheses before the period.
Centered in the middle of a separate page should be, each on its own line:
The Title of Your Paper (bold, 3 lines down from the top of the page)
Course Number and Name
Assignment Due Date, written as Month Day, Year
Abstract (if applicable)
If your instructor requires an abstract, put this on a separate page.
Center and bold the title Abstract
Write a paragraph summarizing your paper. Do not indent it.
If adding keywords, add a new indented line, italicize Keywords: and list keywords separated by commas.
Center and bold your title.
Indent each paragraph 0.5".
Most community college papers are short enough that only level 1 headings are needed. If your paper is long and you require subheadings, use the following formatting:
Level 1 Headings: Bold, Centered, on a separate line.
Level 2 Headings: Bold, Left-aligned, on a separate line.
Level 3 Headings: Bold, Italicized, Left-aligned, on a separate line.
Level 4 Headings: Bold, Left-aligned, indented, on the same line as text.
Level 5 Headings: Bold, Italicized, Left-aligned, indented, on the same line as text.
Do not create a subheading for your introduction - Your title serves this purpose.
Center and bold References on a separate page at the end of your paper.
Each entry on the References page should have a hanging indent 0.5" to the left.
Include every reference you cited in your paper except personal interviews.
See the tab on APA Citations for the information to include in each reference item.
Google Docs and Microsoft Word have pre-made templates you can use. Check them first to make sure that you have the correct edition and that they fit the format required by your instructor. You can delete any extraneous lines that you don't need to use.
When you open the Google Docs program (click the blue Google Docs paper icon in the top left corner), you are taken to a landing page with the option to start a new document in a blank document and several templates. Click the Template Gallery to expand it and scroll down to Education, where you can find templates for both APA and MLA papers. Make sure you select the correct edition.
When you open Microsoft Word, you are taken to the landing page, where you can select a blank document or choose from an existing template. Here, you can also use keywords such as "MLA" or "APA" to search for a template. Make sure you select the correct edition or, if using an older template, make sure you make the necessary changes to update it.
Formatting an APA Paper Using Google Docs
Formatting a student version of an APA-Style Paper in Google Docs (APA 7th edition) Video [10:56] by Hannah Kauffman.
Here are a few resources for citing your sources in APA format (7th edition). If you have any questions, feel free to contact a librarian. When in doubt, consult with your instructor for formatting preferences.