APA General Formatting Guidelines
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The purpose of this document is to provide a common core of elements of APA style that all members of an academic department can adopt as minimal standards for any assignment that specifies APA style. This Web document is itself not a model of APA style. For an example of a complete article formatted according to APA style, go to http://www.vanguard.edu/uploadedfiles/faculty/ddegelman/prayer.pdf. For an example of an undergraduate research proposal, go to http://www.vanguard.edu/uploadedfiles/faculty/ddegelman/psychproposal.pdf. To download a Microsoft Word template of an APA-style paper, go to http://www.vanguard.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/DDegelman/psychapa.doc
I. General Document Guidelines
A. Margins: One inch on all sides (top, bottom, left, right)
B. Font Size and Type: 12-pt. font (Times Roman or Courier are acceptable typefaces)
C. Line Spacing: Double-space throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, references, appendixes, footnotes, tables, and figure captions.
D. Spacing after Punctuation: Space once after all punctuation. This includes using one space (not two!) following punctuation marks at the ends of sentences.
E. Alignment: Flush left (creating uneven right margin)
F. Paragraph Indentation: 5-7 spaces
G. Pagination: The page number appears one inch from the right edge of the paper on the first line of every page (except...