APA 6 Edition Guidelines
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This guide is based on the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association published by the American Psychological Association (Second Printing). The Publication Manual contains guidelines for many aspects of an APA paper, including manuscript formatting, writing skills and mechanics, and references and citations. This reference card will serve as a checklist for those three areas, but does not replace the need to study the APA Publication Manual.
All margins of one inch Double space throughout (including title page, block quotes, references, & between paragraphs) (CTRL+2 turns on double spacing in Word) Allow words to wrap automatically to the next line. Do not press Enterkey twice to double space. Use 12-pt Times Roman font. Place a page header on every page including the title page (see the explanation on “Headings” to the right). Indent each paragraph’s first line one-half inch. (TAB) Text alignment is flush-left leaving right margins ragged. (CTRL+L) Do not divide words or hyphenate at the end of the line. Do not use one-sentence paragraphs or lengthy paragraphs. Turn on widow and orphan protection. (PARAGRAPH > LINE & BREAKS Word 2003: FORMAT menu; Word 2007: HOME tab)
APA formatting can be confusing because there are three elements using the word head: Page headers, Running head, and section headings. Page headers: Use Word's HEADERS AND FOOTERS feature to create page headers (Word 2003: VIEW menu; Word 2007: INSERT tab). The Running head and short title are aligned flush left in the page header with the page number aligned flush right (tab after the short title to reach the pre-set flush right tab in the headers and footers of Word). The short title is typed in ALL CAPS (on all pages). The title page is always numbered as page number one. On the title page only, type Running head: before the short title....