1 General Format

The following are general rules for formatting a paper in APA style at Bank Street.

Margins

Use one-inch margins at the top and the bottom.

Pagination

Paginate (number the pages) on the top right corner of the page. Start with the title as page 1, abstract page 2… This makes searching and printing pages in a PDF easier.

Spacing

Double space throughout.

Indentation

Indent paragraphs using the tab key; do not leave spaces between paragraphs.

Hanging Indents

Use the hanging indent for your reference list (see Hanging Indents in this eBook for help with this task).

Fonts

Times New Roman, point 12.

Italics

The titles of books, periodicals, films, videos, etc., should be italicized and not underlined. Do not use italics for emphasis; use syntax instead.

Running Heads

Bank Street does not require running heads.

Heading and Subheadings

There are five levels of headings and subheadings. Headings with the same value should be in the same style. The number of headings will depend on your paper. Always begin with level one, and proceed to level two, etc.

Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading[1] (level 1)

Your paragraph begins below and is indented like a regular paragraph.

Flush Left, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading. (level 2)

Your paragraph begins below and is indented like a regular paragraph.

Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.[2] (level 3) Your text begins after the period.

Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (level 4) Your text begins after the period.

Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period. (level 5) Your text begins after the period.

(American Psychological Association, 2010, pp. 62, 104-106, 228)


  1. This type of capitalization is also referred to as title case.
  2. In a lowercase paragraph heading, the first letter of the first word is uppercase and the remaining words are lowercase.

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