Formatting of APA 7th Edition Papers
For a full sample, see the Sample Student Paper found on page 61 of the APA 7th edition manual, or here.
Order of Elements (the bold elements are required for every APA paper):
These should be placed in the top right corner in the header of each page, starting from 1 on the title page.
Font and Size
Some possible fonts and sizes that you can choose from include the following:
Fonts can be different sizes in figure headings or footnotes. However, generally speaking, the font and size must be consistent throughout the entire paper.
Spacing and Margins
The entire paper should be consistently double-spaced, including between paragraphs.
The margins should be 1 inch (or 2.54cm) on all sides of the page.
Paragraphs should be aligned with the left side of the page, and each new paragraph should be indented (hit "Tab") - each indent should be 0.5 inches.
If you are unsure about the formatting requirements for a specific assignment, please contact your instructor.
Title Page Formatting
For student papers, APA 7th edition requires the following elements on title pages, in the arrangement shown below:
Title of Your Paper
Department and Institution Name
Course Name and Number
Assignment Due Date (Month Day, Year)
These elements should be centered and placed somewhere in the top half of the page (3 or 4 lines down is good). Note that there is an extra space between the title and the rest of the information.
Additionally, the page number 1 should be placed in the header, at the top right corner of the title page, as shown in the sample below:
Sample title page created by Claire Pienaar, 2019.
For an additional sample title page for student papers, see page 32 (Figure 2.2) of the APA 7th edition manual.
Headings are formatted as follows:
Level 1 (Main idea)
Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
Level 2 (Sub-topic for main idea)
Flush Left, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
Level 3 (Sub-topic for sub-topic)
Flush Left, Boldface and Italics, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
For more information on the formatting of headings, see the inside cover or page 48 (Table 2.3 and Figures 2.4 and 2.5) of the APA 7th edition manual.
Creating an Appendix
Add brochures, tables, lists, or other important information that does not fit in your paper in an appendix.
When referring to appendix materials in the body of your paper, you can write something like "(see Appendix A)" to point readers towards that information.
For more information about the use and formatting of appendices, see page 41 (section 2.14) of the APA 7th edition manual.
Writing Tips for APA Papers
Section 4 (starting from page 111) of the APA 7th edition manual outlines several writing considerations for APA 7th edition papers. Some key aspects are summarized below.
General Tips (Sections 4.1 - 4.12)
Use of First/Second/Third Person and Pronouns (Sections 4.16 - 4.21)
***Note that the above examples include all uses of pronouns (e.g., everything written about "I" also applies to the words "me" and "my," everything about "we" also applies to "us" and "our," etc.)***
Tips to Improve Your Writing (Sections 4.25 - 4.30)
The above tips focus largely on the content of a paper. For more tips on the mechanics of style (e.g., how to use punctuation or italics properly), see Chapter 6 of the APA 7th edition manual.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ...
This was the largest public health crisis that had been seen in years (World Health Organization [WHO], 2017, p. 4).
For more on the proper use of abbreviations, see page 172 (Sections 6.24 - 6.31) of the APA 7th edition manual.
There are 26 patients on this unit.
There are two nurses on night shift.
Twelve subjects left the experiment.
For more on proper formatting of numbers, see page 178 (Sections 6.32 - 6.39) of the APA 7th edition manual.