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Click HERE to download the APA handout. Use this as a quick reference tool.
Include all of your "in-text citations" as you're typing your paper, its very difficult to go back later to add them. Your instructor may require you to write an abstract. This is a page after your title page but before your main paper that describes what you found or concluded in your paper. Abstracts are 150-200 words and are used as a brief overview for readers to know what your paper is about.
In your new Document, navigate to the Page Layout Tab:
Click on the arrow in the corner to open the Page Setup Menu:
Make sure all of the margins are set to 1" and click "Set As Default":
Click "Yes" on the window that pops up:
Now you're ready to set up your default font.
Go to the "Home" tab and click on the arrow in the corner of the Font section to open the full Font menu:
Set your font to "Times New Roman", font style regular, size 12, and black color.
Then click on "Set As Default":
A new window will pop up, select "This document only?" and click OK.
With margins and fonts ready, you need to set your paragraph defaults and you're ready to start typing.
Go to the "Home" tab and click on the arrow in the corner of the paragraph section to open the full paragraph menu:
Change "Line Spacing" to "Double" and put a check in the box "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style", then click "Set As Default":
A new window will pop up, select "This document only?" and click OK:
Now you are ready to start typing your actual paper, starting with the Title Page.
A Title Page is the very first page your reader will see. It contains the title of your paper, your name, and the name of the institution you're writing from. At this point it can be helpful to see the "ruler".
The view the "ruler", go to the "View" tab and put a check in the box marked "ruler":
First step is to insert a header, go to the "Insert" tab and click on "Header":
Put a check next to "Different First Page":
Now you can type out your header; type the words "Running head:", followed by the short title for your paper in ALL CAPS:
Hit the "Tab" key once to bring your cursor all the way to the right, click on "Page Number"-- "Current Position" -- "Plain Number":
When finished, your header should look like this, just click "Close Header and Footer":
With the header closed, hit enter until your courser is around the 2" mark, center your text and type the full title of your paper, your name, and the institution you're writing from:
Insert a page-break and you're ready to move on, if you're instructor is requiring an Abstract it goes after the Title Page, but if there isn't an Abstract you can start typing the main body of your paper.
Starting on a new page, repeat the steps for inputting a header, but this time leave out the words "Running head:":
Close the header, center your text and type the full title of your paper as it appears on the Title Page, start a new line, tab once, and type your paper:
Citations are used to give proper credit to your sources. It gives your reader a way to find the same source themselves if they wish to read more into something you discuss. The following examples are guidelines for general citation rules. For more information or examples of other types of citations, stop into the LRC and check out the APA 6th Edition Manual. Another great online source is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, they have several examples of each type of citation along with a full sample APA paper. Click on the OWL logo by each example to be taken to their website.
According to John Smith (2012), developing close friendships at a young age makes the adjustment to school life much easier.
Developing close friendships at a young age makes the adjustment to school life much easier (Smith, 2012).
The final part of your paper is the References. This last section lists the detailed citations of all of your sources, allowing readers to find the same source for themselves if they would like to read further into anything that you discussed. Refer to the Citations area of this webpage for properly formatting your citations.
After you have finished typing the main body of your paper, insert a page break, center your text, and type References:
Adjust text back to the left, and now you have to create what's called a "hanging indent", Select the "Home" tab, click the arrow in the Paragraph section to open the full paragraph menu:
With the paragraph menu open, Look under "Indentation" and select "hanging" from the dropdown menu under "Special", click OK:
This sets up the page to indent every line after the first line for each citation.