APA format requires that your paper include:
- A cover or title page
- The paper itself (body/text)
- A references page
- Appendices (if necessary)
We strongly recommend that you:
- Gather citations for the sources you plan to use as you do your research
- Prepare your reference page BEFOREyou write your paper
- Check the Tips & Hints section for time savers
- Use Citation Generators & database "Cite" features with caution - great as starting points, but not 100% accurate
With these two tasks done, you can simply insert your references as you cite them, greatly simplifying the task!
Review the sections of this box for specific tips about each section of your paper, more resources & helpful videos that explain how to apply APA formatting in Microsoft Word.
The title page includes Running Head, Page Number, Title of the Paper, the Author's Name (aka: you!), and the Institutional Affiliation.
The title should be provided in title caseat the center of the page vertically and horizontally. Per APA style, you should not use abbreviations/contractions in your title, and it should not be more than 12 words in length. Also you should avoid using words that serve no purpose; therefore, the title should be very concise and should clearly describe what the paper is about.
NOTE: The full title is also at the beginning of the manuscript pages (identical in format to the one on the title page).
See page 23-24 of the manual for more information.
Author Name(s) & Institution
Beneath the title, type the author's or authors' full name(s). Do not use titles (Dr.) or degrees (Ph.D.). If there are two authors, separate the authors' names with and. If there are three or more authors, separate the authors' names with commas and use and before the last author's name. Below the author name(s), add the institutional affiliation. Spell out the name of the institution fully.
See pages 23-24 & 28 of the manual for more information.
See the example title page below: