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APA Guide - 6th Edition: Step 3: Format Paper

Step 3: Format Your Paper in APA Style

When you format a paper, you should follow all of your professor's instructions regarding presentation.

These instructions may include specific requirements for the first page of the paper, page labels and section headings

And unless you are informed otherwise by your professor, you should Format Your Paper in APA Style per the following rules:

  • Double-spaced text
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • 1" margins top, bottom, left, right
  • One space after periods and other punctuation marks
  • Indent first line of each paragraph by 1/2"
  • Click here to see APA Sample Paper

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APA-Style Templates

To allow you to spend more time on content and less on mechanics, the Felician University Librarians have created two templates in APA format. 

Here is how we suggest you use these templates:

1. Download the links at the bottom of this page.

2. Save as a new Word document.

3. Highlight the entire document (CTRL-A) and change the color of the text. As you add content, be sure to change the font color to black. By using two colors, our content will be distinguishable from yours.

Note the following guidelines:

Title Page:

  • The words "Running Head" must appear as written, followed by a shortened title in capital letters.
  • The number "1" will appear on the Title Page on the right hand side of the header.
  • The Felician Honor Code is included in the template.  Remove if not required by your professor.
  • The complete title appears in the center of the page.

Page Two:

  • The complete title is centered on the top of the page.

Page Two and Beyond:

  • The shortened title in capital letters appears in the header without the words "Running Head."
  • Page numbers appear on each page on the right side of the header.


  • Begin listing your citations on a new page following the conclusion of your written work. The word "References" is centered at the top of this page.
  • Citations with two lines or more require a hanging indent.