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M.Ed. Research Guide and Library Resources: APA- paper formatting

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APA: Rules for References

  • The heading on the page of sources should be “References.”
  • Alphabetize the list by first authors' last names. If there is no author given, start with the first significant word in the title.
  • References should be in a hanging indent format, meaning that the first line of each reference is set flush left and subsequent lines are indented.
  • Double-space the entire list.
  • In titles of articles and books, capitalize only the first word of the title and subtitle, and proper nouns.

APA Sample Papers

APA headings

Level 1 Headings are Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Headings

Level 2 Headings are Left-aligned, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Headings

Level 3 headings are indented, boldface, lowercase headings with a period. Start the paragraph text right after the period.

Level 4 headings are indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase headings with a period. Start the paragraph text right after the period.

Level 5 headings are indented, italicized, lowercase headings with a period. Start the paragraph text right after the period. 

APA paper formatting

APA paper formatting video title page

Adding a hanging indent

Adding a hanging indent video title page

Adding a running head and page numbers

Adding a running head and page numbers

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