The APA 7th edition provides separate formatting guidelines for student and professional writers. Most students will follow APA 7’s guidelines for student papers but should always ask their professors which guidelines they prefer them to use (see separate tabs for student and professional papers in this LibGuide).
This page presents APA 7th edition guidelines for formatting student papers.
NOTE: The Masters programs in the College of Psychology and Counseling require the Professional Papers format.
Required elements for Student Papers
NOTE: No abstract or running head is required for Student Papers (unless your professor requires it).
Fonts - It is recommended that APA papers be typed in 12-point Times New Roman or 11-point Calibri fonts.
Spacing - Use only one space at the end of each sentence in the body of your paper. In general, APA papers should be double spaced throughout. A list of exceptions can be found here on the APA website. To make sure that your paper is double spaced throughout in Microsoft Word, select the text, right click, select 'Paragraph,' and look under the section 'Line Spacing' as shown below:
Margins/Alignment - Your paper should use 1-inch margins on standard-sized paper (8.5' X 11'). Make sure that you use Align Left (CTRL + L) on the paper, except for the title page.
Indentation – The first sentence in each new paragraph in the body of the paper should be indented a half inch. (Use hanging indentation in the references lists.)
Headings - Please note that all headings are in title case. Level 1 headings should be centered (and in bold), and Level 2 and 3 headings should be left-aligned (and in bold or bold italic, respectively). Level 4 and 5 headings are indented like regular paragraphs. An example of formatting headings in a paper is available here on the APA website
Title Page - The following elements should be present on the title page:
See a sample student paper in APA 7th edition style discussing various formatting issues: