All text in your paper should be written in the same font and size; 12-point Times New Roman is the font recommended by the APA guide.
Your title page should be double-spaced, and the top, bottom and side margins of your pages should each be set to one inch. Finally, include a line for your educational institution.
To see a side-by-side comparison of the three most widely used citation styles, including a chart of all APA citation guidelines, see the Citation Style Chart.
You can also watch our APA vidcast series on the Purdue OWL You Tube Channel.
The main information of your paper will take two to four lines and should be centered in the top half of your title page. APA recommends that you limit your title to under 12 words; you can split the title into two lines, separated by a colon. If you're a student, this is the name of your school and if you're a researcher, this is the institution at which you conducted your research. For example, a sample title and byline might look as follows: Thinking Through the Other: Methods and Practices in Research Psychology By John Smith Princeton University Your title page's header will include two pieces of information.
After the title, the next line should contain your name. Page numbers should be placed in the header and justified to the right margin of your page.
APA recommends that your title be no more than 12 words in length and that it should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. All text on the title page, and throughout your paper, should be double-spaced.
Beneath the title, type the author's name: first name, middle initial(s), and last name. Beneath the author's name, type the institutional affiliation, which should indicate the location where the author(s) conducted the research. Your abstract page should already include the page header (described above).
Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left using all capital letters.
The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.