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APA 7 Style Guide

Everything you need to know to create a paper using APA style.

The Set Up - APA Student Paper

The APA-style student research paper contains a title page, the body of the paper, and references: the shortest paper possible using full APA style will be 3 pages long. Each page contains a header with the page number.

Document Set Up


  • Acceptable sans serif fonts include 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode. Acceptable serif fonts include 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, or 10-point Computer Modern

Line Spacing

  • Double-spaced - including title, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and figure captions, an all text lines of the paper


  • 1-inch margins all the way around - this is probably the default


  • Do not justify the right margin (make the right margin even); for text use flush left