Section 2. Formatting Your Paper
The Title Page
The rules of APA require a paper to have a title page. The title page should
include 4 things:
Line Spacing, Margins and Font
- A running head and page number - The running head version of your title is printed at the top left of your paper in all uppercase letters. The page number appears with the running head and is found flush right.
- The title of your paper - You should have a simple title
centered on the page that explains your paper in 10 to 12 words.
- Your name and the name of your school - This should be double
spaced and centered directly below your title.
- Author Note (not typically required for student papers)
Your paper must be double spaced and APA recommends using 1" margins and
a 12pt Times Roman font.
Follow the links to view and print more detailed directions for formatting a title page in Microsoft Word 2003 and Microsoft Word 2007, or continue below.
Title page of a sample paper