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APA Citation Style: Formatting APA (General)

WCCC's Guide to APA Style

The Basics

APA  Style has specific formatting requirements for documents.  You should set up your Word document according to these requirements.  Your document should: 

  • have 1 inch margins for the entire paper

  • be double spaced

  • should be in a readable font (usually recommended is either Times New Roman or Ariel) that is a standard size (normally size 12)

  • include an indentation at the beginning of each paragraph

  • have a cover page, as formatted in the box below have a "References" page as the last page(s)

The Cover Page

WCCC has specific requirements for an APA cover page.   Your cover page should include:

  • a header that includes the page number on the right and the works "Running head:" followed by the title of your paper in all caps on the left

  • the title of your paper, your name, the institution you are attending centered toward the middle of your paper

  • your instructor's name, class name, and semester and year centered toward the bottom of your paper


This is what it should look like:

Example of an APA Cover Page

Warren County Community College
Haytaian & Maier Library
475 Route 57 West
Washington, New Jersey 07882

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