These are the basic aspects of APA Style (7th ed.) Consult the Publication Manual and Sample Papers for more information about how to format tables, headers, and title page.
A variety of fonts are permitted in APA Style papers. Font options include the following:
Arrange the pages of an APA Style paper in the following order:
Use 1-in. margins on every side of the page for an APA Style paper.
In general, double-space all parts of an APA Style paper, including the abstract; text; block quotations; table and figure numbers, titles, and notes; and reference list (including between and within entries). Do not add extra space before or after paragraphs.
Align the text of an APA Style paper to the left margin. Leave the right margin uneven, or “ragged.” Do not use full justification for student papers or manuscripts being submitted for publication.
Indent the first line of each paragraph of text 0.5 in. from the left margin. Use the tab key or the automatic paragraph-formatting function of your word-processing program to achieve the indentation (the default setting is likely already 0.5 in.). Do not use the space bar to create indentation.
Acceptable fonts now include Calibri 11, Arial 11, Lucida Sans Unicode 10, Times New Roman 12, and Georgia 11.
Heading levels 3-5 are updated to improve readability.
- Use only one space after a period at the end of a sentence.
- Use double quotation marks instead of italics to refer to linguistic examples.
APA endorses the use of the singular pronoun they
APA endorses the use of the singular pronoun “they”
- Instead of using adjectives as nouns to label groups of people, descriptive phrases are preferred.
People living in poverty
- Instead of broad categories, you should use exact age ranges that are more relevant and specific.
People over 65 years old
People in the age range of 65 to 75 years old