Your paper should have three major sections: the title page, main body, and references list. The Publication Manual covers these guidelines in Chapter 2; the APA website also has a Quick Answers--Formatting page.
These guidelines will cover how to set up a student paper in APA format. The 7th edition now has specific formatting for student papers versus a professional paper (i.e. one being submitted for publication). If your instructor has requested a different format or additional elements, use your instructor's preferences.
The margins of the paper should be set to 1" (one inch) all around.
Go to the Page Layout or Layout tab
Select the Normal option
2. Set the Spacing to Double
The line spacing for the paper should be set to double (2.0).
Go to the Home tab
In the Paragraph box, click the icon that looks like two up/down arrows with text to the right
Alternate Method: You can also press the Control Key along with the number 2 to quickly double space.
3. Create a Title for Your Paper
Your title should summarize the main topic of your paper. Try not to be too wordy or off-topic. While there is no word limit for titles, "short but sweet" is the goal. The APA Style Blog has further information on titles: Five Steps to a Great Title. Use title case for paper titles.
Attitudes of College Students Towards Transportation Fees
Effect of Red Light Cameras on Traffic Fatalities
Juror Bias in Capital Punishment Cases
4. Add Page Numbers to the Header
Insert the page number in the right area of the header. Use the built-in page numbering system; do not attempt to type each page number manually.
Go to the Insert tab
Under Header, select Edit Header (at the bottom)
Press Tab once or twice to go to the far right
Click Page Number
Click Current Position
Click Simple / Plain Number
5. Create the Title Page
On the first page you will include the following information:
Title of Your Paper
Santa Fe College
Course Number: Course Name
This information will be centered, and will be a few lines down from the top.
Go to the top of the first page
Press Enter 3-4 times times
Center your text
Type in the title of your paper, in bold.
Press Enter twice, in order to have one blank line between the title and the next element.
On the next line, type your full name
On the next line, type Santa Fe College
On the next line, type your course number, a colon, and your course name
On the next line, type your instructor's name.
On the next line, type the due date of the paper.
6. Set Up the References List
The references list should be on a new page, and should be the last section of your paper.
Heading of Reference List
The heading at the top of the reference list should say References at the top (not Bibliography or Works Cited, unless your instructor tells you otherwise) and bolded.
All reference lists should have a hanging indent. An example of a hanging indent is shown below:
George, M. W. (2008). The elements of library research: What every student needs to know. Princeton University Press.
To create a hanging indent in Word, you can press the Control key along with the letter T.
Line spacing in the reference list should be set to double (2.0).
When organizing your references list, you must alphabetize your references. Generally, you will organize by the author's last name. Go letter by letter and ignore spaces, hyphens, punctuation etc.
If a work has no author, use the title to alphabetize. You will use the first significant word to alphabetize; this means you skip words like the, a, and an.
Example of Proper Order:
Alcott, L. M. (1868)...
Alcott, L. M. (1893)...
Anonymous. (1998). Beowulf...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017).
Etiquette in Florida. (n.d.).
Grammar Girl. (2009, May 21)...
Johnson, C. L., & Tuite, C. (Eds.). (2009)...
Johnson, S. K. (2003)...
Oxford English dictionary (2nd ed.). (1989)...
A prescription for health care. (2009). Consumer Reports...
Southeast Asia. (2003). In The new encyclopaedia Britannica...
APA does not specify a specific font or size, just that it must be legible. Their only guidelines is that the same font should be used throughout the paper. Some suggestions are 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode, 12-point Times New Roman, and 11-point Georgia.
If your instructor has specified a font or font size, follow those guidelines.
Source: Publication Manual, 2.19
The Running Head?
Student papers do not need a running head.
Source: Publication Manual, 2.8; 2.18
APA now has guidelines for an annotated bibliography. Annotations will be a new paragraph directly below the reference, indented 0.5" from the left. Retain the double-spacing.
Delmas, P. M. (2017). Using VoiceThread to create community in online learning. TechTrends, 61, 595–602. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-017-0195-z
This study investigated how VoiceThread could impact online student persistence. It used the Community of Inquiry framework as a guidepost for applying the technology, most specifically by leveraging social presence. The study sought to answer the question "does VoiceThread help create community for online learners?" Researchers surveyed 39 participants in master's and doctoral programs that were either fully online or blended. Based on the data, the researchers concluded that VoiceThread, as perceived by students who have used it, can promote social presence in online learning communities by making students feel more connected to other students and the instructor. Three positive themes for VoiceThread related to student to student interaction included hearing a voice, hearing voice inflection versus text, and learning about peers' professional/educational experience. While positive trends were highlighted succinctly, there was little discussion of negative trends, which challenged validity, and a small sample size (N=39) makes it difficult to generalize.