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Citations: APA Style (7th ed.)

How to create a document and cite using APA, 7th edition.

Formatting

You'll repeat the title of your paper at the top of the first page, bold and centered.

All the formatting rules still hold true: same size, double-spaced.

When you start each new paragraph, hit the Tab key once to indent the first line.

Content

Always include in-text citations whenever you're doing a research paper, as close to the referenced information as you can get it (typically at the end of the same sentence). Refer to the page in this guide about In-Text Citations for more information and examples.

Headings & Sub-Headings

APA Style has a headings system to separate and identify paper sections. There are 5 heading levels with the top-level always starting a paper. The levels consist of a particular font format and type placement

 

Level Format
1

Centered, Bold, Upper Case and Lower Case Heading

     Begin writing the text as a new paragraph. 

2

Flush Left, Bold, Upper Case and Lower Case Heading

     Begin writing the text here as a new paragraph. 

3

Flush Left, Bold ItalicUpper Case and Lower Case Heading

     Begin writing the text here as a new paragraph.

4

     Indented, Bold, Upper Case and Lower Case Heading, Ending With a Period. Begin writing

the text on the same line and continue as a regular paragraph.

5

     Indented, Bold ItalicUpper Case and Lower Case Heading, Ending With a Period. Begin

writing the text on the same line and continue as a regular paragraph.