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APA Citation Guide: 1. Formatting & Templates

This guide will provide an overview of APA Citation Style.

APA Formatting Basics

  • Double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12pt, Times New Roman font 
  • Paper title (in ALL CAPS) in upper-left (running head) and page number in upper-right
  • Title page with your paper title, name, and school
  • Final page is reference page
  • Reference citations should have hanging indent

More! There are more rules:


Save some time and use a template!


The formatting of your paper simply refers to what your paper will look like. APA Citation Style requires that your APA papers look a certain way (e.g. has a title page and reference page, has a running head and page numbers). Below are templates that are already set up for you with the correct "look." All you need to do is click on the name of the template you need, then fill it in with your information and start writing. See page 4. Final Product for an example of a properly formatted APA paper.

Select a template to download:

Standard APA Paper Template


APA Paper Template with Abstract


APA Paper Template with Table of Contents


APA Paper Template with Table of Contents and Abstract


APA Annotated Bibliography Template


APA Slideshow Template