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APA Citation Style: Format & Headings

Formatting in Word 2007

Typeface (Font)

  • Times New Roman
  • 12-point
  • Font for tables can be sans-serif (such as Arial) but still in a size of 12-point

Line-Spacing

  • Double-spaced - including title, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and figure captions, an all text lines of the manuscript

Margins

  • 1-inch margins at the top, bottom, right and left of every page

Alignment

  • Do not justify the right margin (make the right margin even); for text use flush left
  • Do not divide words at the end of a line (do not use hyphenation)


APA 6th edition in Word 2007 Video

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pbUoNa5tyY&feature=PlayList&p=3BCE19F47DE0933A&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1)

If you need to know how to properly format a paper in Microsoft Word 2007 for APA 6th edition - this is a step by step video that will help you.  Beware - it is nearly 10 minutes long.

Headings

Headings

Headings provide an outline of your writing to the reader.  Not all papers should include headings.  Check with your professor before including headings in your papers to make sure that headings are appropriate for the specific paper you are writing.

The main thing to remember about headings is that if you have one heading at a specific level, you must have at least one more.  For instance, you would not label a part of your experiment Part I if there is no Part II.  Make sense?

Level of Heading How to Format
Level 1

Centered, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase

     Paragraph begins here.

Level 2

Flush Left, Boldface, Uppers & Lowercase

     Paragraph begins here.

Level 3      Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period. Paragraph begins here.
Level 4      Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period.  Paragraph begins here.
Level 5      Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period. Paragraph begins here.

 

For more information on this topic, check out the Publication Manual, pages 62-63.

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