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APA Help (7th Edition)

APA Basics

  • One inch margins (top, bottom, left and right sides).
  • Acceptable fonts and sizes in APA 7th Edition format now include:
  • Sans serif


    11-point Calibri

    12-point Times New Roman

    11-point Arial

    11-point Georgia

    10-point Lucida Sans Unicode


  • Double spacing throughout document.
  • ½-inch indent in each new paragraph.
  • Abstract is written in block style (no indention).
  • All pages should contain a page number in the upper-right hand corner of each page.
  • Information quoted from a reference source should be in quotation marks. Quotations more than 40 words need to be in block style format.
  • Reference sources need to be cited in the text of your paper.
  • References start on a new page, alphabetized by Author's last name, ½-inch hanging indent, and double-spaced.
  • Titles of books, journals, periodicals (e.g. magazines and newspapers) should appear in italics.
  • Use the singular "they" as a generic third-person pronoun rather than "he or she"

Concise Guide Student Paper Checklist -  This checklist, designed by APA, was created to help students ensure academic papers are consistent with APA (7th edition) formatting style.

American Psychological Association. (2020). Concise guide to APA Style (7th ed.).

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