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APA Formatting Style Guide  

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What is APA?

APA stands for American Psychological Association and it  indicates a specific style to be used when citing information and organizing a research paper.


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    Formatting your paper

    General APA Guidelines for formatting your research paper

    • Double-space between each line of type on the page. Double-space between all lines of the manuscript.
    • Never use single-spacing or one-and-a-half spacing.
    • Leave uniform margines of at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left and right of every page.
    • Do not justify lines.  Use the flush left style and leave the right margin uneven.
    • The order of the manuscript pages are:
      • Page 1: title page with running head, title, byline, institutional affiliation and Author Note (if applicable)
      • Page 2: abstract (start on a separate page, numbered page 2)
      • Page 3: text (start on a separate page, numbered page 3)
      • References (start on a separate page)
      • Footnotes (start on a separate page)
      • Tables (start on a separate page)
      • Figures (start each on a separate page; include caption on page with figure)
      • Appendixes (start on a separate page)
    • See Sample Title Page

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