3 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.[1] If you plan on having your IMP printed and bound, the left-hand margin should be 1.5 inches.

Pagination

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

Indentation

Indent paragraphs using the tab key; do not leave spaces between paragraphs.[3]

Fonts

APA7 allows for more different types of fonts.[4]

  • sans serif fonts┬ásuch as
    • 11-point Calibri,
    • 11-point Arial,
    • or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode
  • serif fonts┬ásuch as
    • 12-point Times New Roman,
    • 11-point Georgia,
    • or normal (10-point) Computer Modern (the default font for LaTeX)

Italics

The titles of books, periodicals, films, videos, etc., should be italicized and not underlined. Do not use italics for emphasis; use syntax instead[5] Also see Quotation Marks, when and when not to use them.

(American Psychological Association, 2020, pp. 43-48, 61-67)


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1 Response to General Format

  1. Liz Cunningham on June 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm says:

    Any thoughts about a Level 6 heading?

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