APA formatting is a set of rules and guidelines for styling your paper and citing your sources. The APA resources on this site follow the APA 7 edition.
If you need help formatting your UAGC papers, the following document can be downloaded and used as a template for your APA-styled papers:
Want to see some key differences between APA 6th and 7th editions? Review the following APA key changes infographic or the APA complete changes guide:
To meet current APA Student Paper style requirements, follow these guidelines:
- The font should be consistent throughout the document and can be one of the following:
- 12 pt. Times New Roman
- 11 pt. Georgia
- 10 pt. Computer Modern
- 11 pt. Calibri
- 11 pt. Ariel
- 10 pt. Lucida Sans Unicode
- Entire document is double spaced.
- Margins are 1 inch on all sides.
- Align the body text in your paper left, leaving the right side uneven or ragged. Do not use justified alignment.
- Paragraphs in the body of the paper are indented 1/2 inch or one “tab” stop.
- Insert only 1 space after punctuation, including punctuation at the end of a sentence.
- Student papers do not include a running head, author note, or abstract, unless specifically requested.
Need help formatting your paper? See our guide on APA Formatting For Microsoft word.
- A University of Arizona Global Campus title page contains:
- page number (in the top right margin/header)
- title of your paper (in bold and first letter of any major words capitalized)
- your full name
- school name
- course code and name
- instructor’s name
- the due date
- The page number is included in the top right of the margin and is included on all pages.
- The title of the paper is centered, in bold font, and appears 3-4 lines down on the page after the top margin.
- The remaining information appears one double-spaced line below the title of the paper. It is centered, double spaced, and in standard font with no bold or underlines.
Sample Title Page:
Sample Page 2:
Section headings are not required for an APA paper, but level 1 headings can be very helpful to help your reader move from one major topic to another, especially for lengthy papers. Level 1 headings can be placed anywhere in your paper as a way to classify or organize your paper into sections. For a section of your paper that needs to be broken down into additional sections, this is when a level 2 heading is used, and so on.
There are five levels of headings; the first three levels are the most commonly used in course assignments. Levels four and five are typically used in longer papers (e.g., a master’s thesis or dissertation). Follow these current APA level heading formatting guidelines:
To understand how level headings can be applied in an essay, review this sample paper.
- All in-text citations for direct quotations include...
- the authors’ last names (or title if no author)
- the year the source was published
- the page, paragraph, chapter, section, or time stamp of the quotation.
- All in-text citations for paraphrased information includes...
- the author last names (or title if no author)
- the publication year.
- Note: Including the page, paragraph, chapter, section, or time stamp is optional for paraphrased information.
- All sources cited within the paper are also in the References list (with the exception of personal communications, which are only cited in the text).
- All quotations less than 40 words are enclosed in quotation marks. The in-text citation comes before the ending punctuation.
- All quotations more than 40 words are formatted as a block quote. They start on a new line with the entire quote indented a half an inch from the left margin—no quotation marks are needed. The in-text citation comes after the punctuation.
For more help with In-Text Citations, Review our guide on Citing Within Your Paper.
- The References list starts on a new page after the text of the paper.
- The title, References, is centered at the top of the page, in bold font.
- Reference entries are listed in alphabetical order.
- All sources listed in the References have at least one corresponding in-text citation within the body of the text.
- References are double spaced (between entries and within each entry)and each entry uses a hanging indent.
For help formatting your Reference page, Review our Formatting Your References List page.
For help formatting each reference list entry, refer to our downloadable formatting guide.
- Numbers one through nine are spelled out. Any numbers above 10 are written using actual numbers.
- Avoid the use of contractions (e.g., don't, can't, shouldn't), clichés, and slang. Keep an academic tone to your writing.
- Limit the use of passive voice.
- Avoid anthropomorphism.
- Use appropriate pronouns.
- Use italics only when appropriate in formatting or to emphasize a word.
- Avoid biased or non-inclusive language.
- Use appropriate APA level headings.
- The serial comma is used to separated items in a series of three or more items.
- Lists follow seriation rules.
- Format and properly cite all tables, images, and figures.
- Use past tense when referring to research or sources that have already been published.