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MVNU Writing Guide: APA Style Overview

General APA Formatting

All APA papers must have the following format:

  • Font = Times New Roman, 12 pt. size
  • 1-inch margins on all sides of the paper  (this is the automatic setting)
  • Double-spaced lines
  • The first line of all new paragraphs must be indented 0.5 inches  (press the Tab Key to indent)
  • Every page is numbered in the top right corner (using a Header) 
  • The first page of the paper is a Title Page (see next box for a title page example)

Important Links

APA Important Links:

Click Here for the APA Citation guide

(Full guide for citing a source in MLA style)

Click Here for the Sample APA paper

 (Sample APA paper with notes + explanations)

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APA Title Page Format

*Note about capitalization in titles: The first and last word of your title are ALWAYS capitalized. Words in between that shouldn't be capitalized include: articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions (and, so, or, for, nor, but, yet), and short prepositions (on, to, in, up, etc.). Note that some words like "on" can be used as an adverb-- "I Could Go On Singing" and would be capitalized in that case.