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APA Citation Guide (7th Ed.)



Formatting Checklist

Review the following to ensure your paper meets all basic requirements.

Each page should include the following:

Double-spaced text.

Consistent font size and type throughout (Calibri 11, Arial 11, Times New Roman 12, or Georgia 11 are recommended).

□ One-inch margins.

□ Page numbers in the top-right corner.

□ Heading levels all in bold, Title Case text:

  • Level 1 headings centred
  • Level 2 headings aligned to the left
  • Level 3 headings aligned to the left in bold italics

□ Reference entries in reference list for all sources used in text.

The reference list should include the following:

□ Begins on a separate page at the end of the paper, prior to any appendices.

□ Includes a centered, bolded title that reads “References

□ References are arranged alphabetically by author last name for each entry.

□ The first line of each entry is flush with the left margin; additional lines are indented five spaces (called a “hanging indent”). For instructions, see below.

Sample Papers


How to Create a Hanging Indent

All but the first line of each reference list entry should be indented (called a "hanging indent").

In Microsoft Word, highlight your reference entries and then select the following keys:
- On a PC select: CTRL + T
- On a Mac select: Command + T


Long URL?

APA 7th ed. allows for shortened web links. Common services to create shorter URLs include:

How to Insert a Running Head

A "running head" is up to 50 characters of a paper's title appearing at the top of every page of your paper. 

Note: APA (7th ed.) does not require that student papers have a running head. Please check with your instructor if you are unsure about including one.

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