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APA 7 Style Guide

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


Papers should be written in a font that is accessible to all users. (APA 2.19) 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.

When you start each new paragraph, hit the Tab key once to indent the first line.


Now, you'll start writing whatever it is you're supposed to address, which will depend on your professor's specifications for the assignment.

Always include in-text citations whenever you're doing a research paper, as close to the referenced information as you can get it (typically at the end of the same sentence). Refer to the page in this guide about In-Text Citations for more information and examples.


APA Style has a headings system to separate and identify paper sections. There are 5 heading levels with the top level always starting a paper. The levels consist of a particular font format and type placement. See examples.

Image adapted from sample paper at Purdue Owl