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APA Style

A quick overview of how to use the APA Style and examples of in-text citations and references for a variety of different sources.

Formatting Your Paper

APA Style is not just in-text citing and a list of references. It also includes the formatting of your paper. Here are some of the basics elements.

APA provides an example of a student paper and an example of a professional paper (such as an article to submit to a journal).

For more details, consult the APA Paper Format page. Ask your professor about including a title page because they may not require it. If you are formatting your thesis or dissertation, you must use the Graduate School's template.

  • 1-inch margins on all sides
  • Double spacing of all text on all pages, including the References list
  • Each paragraph begins with a First Line indent of .5 inches
  • Each reference is a Hanging indent of .5 inches
  • Font should be a common font like Times New Roman, Ariel, Helvetica, Garamond, Open Sans, etc.; size should be 10pt or 12pt
  • Page numbers in the upper right corner on each page, 1/2 inch from top and 1-inch from the right side
  • Shortened title on each page (called a running head) except the title page, in ALL CAPS, flush left, and on the same line as the page number (1/2 inch from top and 1-inch from the left side)

Student Paper Example

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snapshot of sample student paper


Professional Paper Example

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snapshot of sample professional paper

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