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Running head: SAMPLE APA 6 th ed. PAPER MAY 2012 1 The Basics of Formatting A Paper in APA 6 th Edition Style Johanna P. Bishop Wilmington University Note the lower case “h” Note the colon The brief title is in ALL CAPS and should not exceed 50 character spaces The paper identifying information should be placed in the upper third of the page. Note that it only includes the following: Title of the paper Your name formatted in APA Institution Please note that your instructor may require you to also include the course number, date, assignment or any other information.
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SAMPLE APA 6 th ed. STYLE PAPER 2 The Basics of Formatting a Paper in APA 6th ed. Style Why APA Style? In order for a paper to be perfectly formatted in accordance to APA style requirements, the paper must follow certain conventions. The basic conventions include making sure that specific rules are followed regarding margins, spacing, in-text citations and formatting the cover and reference pages. Understanding what these conventions are and how to follow them will help students to properly format their papers in APA style. This paper has been formatted in APA style so that it serves as an example of what properly formatted APA style papers look like. Basic APA Conventions The most basic convention in following APA formatting is to use a one inch margin all around for the paper. Students should pay attention to what version of Microsoft office they use as the older version has set the left and right default margins to 1.25 inches while the top and bottom margins are set to one inch. That means students will have to manually adjust the margins to one inch all around. Newer versions of Microsoft Word have set the default margins to one inch all around. Preferred Font Another basic element of APA style papers is the font used. The preferred font style is Times New Roman 12 point font. Since the default font for MS Word 2007 is Calibri, students will need to reset the default font on MS Word 2007. Students using older versions of MS Word may notice that the default font is already set to Times New Roman. The Times New Roman font is one most often used in publications such as books, newspapers, and magazines because it is considered a very readable font. Be careful not to use 10 point font as this is smaller and harder to read. © 2012 Johanna P. Bishop. Yorklyn, DE 19736 Brief title on subsequent pages is different from the cover page Title of Paper on p. 1 Level 1 heading is centered and bold Level 2 heading is at the left margin and bold Note the 1-inch margins all around Note the use of 12 point Times New Roman font throughout the paper
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SAMPLE APA 6 th ed. STYLE PAPER 3 Likewise, using a 14 point font makes the writing look like a third grader has written the paper. Stay with the 12 point font as recommended.
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