APA Style, 7th Edition

Formatting your paper

Student papers written in APA Style are made up of three main parts:​

  1. A title page
  2. The body of your paper
  3. A reference page

All parts of your document must be formatted in APA Style. ​To begin, download the pre-formatted APA 7 Word template, or format your document yourself using the following guidelines:

  • All pages must have 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins  
  • Text must be in 12 point, Times New Roman font  
  • All text must be double (2.0) spaced 
  • All pages (including your title page) must have a page number in the top right corner 
  • Reference entries require a hanging indent. Highlight your references and use these keyboard shortcuts:
    • CTRL T (on a PC computer)
    • COMMAND T (on a MAC computer)

To view a video on how to format your paper, check out this tutorial from Purdue University:

The title page provides your instructor with information about the contents of your paper. Use the annotated example below as a guide:

The body of your paper contains the text that makes up the majority of the document. Use the annotated example below as a formatting guide. For additional parts like tables and figures, use APA's Student Paper Setup Guide (7th edition)

 References are listed alphabetically on the last page of your paper. Use the annotated example below as a formatting guide: