APA 7 provides separate formatting guidelines for student and professional writers. Most students should follow APA 7’s guidelines for student papers, but should ask their professors which guidelines they prefer.
This page provides assistance in applying APA 7 formatting guidelines for professional papers.
NOTE: The Masters programs in the College of Psychology and Counseling require the Professional Papers format.
Required sections for Professional Papers
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,
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 of a professional paper:
The abstract page includes the abstract and related keywords. The abstract is a brief but comprehensive summary of your paper.
Abstract formatting guidelines:
Keywords are used for indexing in databases and as search terms. Your keywords should capture the most important aspects of your paper in three to five words, phrases, or acronyms. Here are formatting guidelines:
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See a sample professional paper in APA 7th edition style discussing various formatting issues below..