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APA Citation Style 7th ed.: Paper Formatting

APA Paper Templates

APA 7th edition distinguishes between student papers for coursework (literature reviews) and professional papers for journal articles (primary research). Currently APA has examples of papers that report on empirical studies.


pages of student paper Download Student Template



pages of professional paper Download Professional Template

Required Formatting Elements

All Papers

  • Page numbers in the top-right corner
  • Consistent use of one of these font and font size combinations:
    • 11-pt Calibri
    • 11-pt Arial
    • 10-pt Lucida Sans Unicode
    • 12-pt Times New Roman
    • 11-pt Georgia
    • 10-pt Computer Modern
  • Double-spaced
  • 0.5" indent the first line of each paragraph
  • Left-aligned, not justified
  • 1" margins
  • Title in bold on first page of the body
  • Headings
  • In-text citations
  • Reference list

Student Paper

  • No running head
  • Title page
    • title in bold
    • name
    • department, school
    • class
    • professor
    • year, semester
  • No abstract

Professional Paper

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