Below is a checklist of an APA formatted paper. After writing your paper, use this list to make sure you’ve included every necessary element of formatting.
1) Title Page
- Running head
- Page number
- Title of Paper
- Your Name
2) Abstract (If Needed)
- Between 200 – 250 words
- All paragraphs are not indented
- Short title of paper in top right header position in all caps
- Page Number
- Full title of paper centered at the top of the first page of the body (after the abstract).
- All paragraphs are indented.
- Short title in the top right header position in all caps.
- The body of your paper should begin on page 3 if you are including an abstract, or on page 2 if you are not including an abstract.
- The short title of your paper should be in the upper left hand header of the page.
- Begin your paper with the title of your paper. It should be centered on the page, boldfaced, though not underlined. Never use the word “Introduction” as a subtitle in an APA paper. See more about Headings.
- All punctuation that ends a sentence requires two spaces afterward to start a new sentence. (*Note – there is some debate over whether APA requires two spaces after a period or only one. The APA Manual is silent on the issue, though for a draft, it requires two spaces after a period.)
- Every quote should include quotation marks and an in-text citation afterward in parenthesis.
- All paraphrasing of previously published material needs an in-text citation with the authors last name and year of publication separated by a comma.
- All in-text citations should be enclosed in parentheses.
- All in-text citations should correlate to a reference on your reference page.
- Use Grammarly.com to double check for errors.
The Reference Page:
- Your reference page should be the last page of your document unless you are using a table or appendices.
- Your reference page should be its own page, not shared with any part of the body of your paper.
- The word “References” should be centered at the top of the page (do not bold, italicize, underline, or use quotations marks).
- The first line of any reference should be left justified with no indentation.
- If your references spill over onto additional lines, they should all be indented (press tab once).
- Your references should be listed in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name.