APA Format Template: Title of Paper Goes Here Not Bold 12 pt. Font
University of North Carolina School of Social Work
Title of Paper Repeated Exactly As It Appears On Title Page
This template was developed by Paul Rose of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. To make the template more practical for typical class papers, we have made minor alterations to Dr. Rose’s template (e.g., omitting Author Note, Abstract sections). If submitting a paper for publication, use Dr. Rose’s full template, which is available for free download at www.siue.edu/~prose/classes/APAFormatTemplate.doc
To use this template, begin the body of your paper (your introduction) as the first ...view middle of the document...
A Level 2 heading (flush left margin, headline style caps, bold font, separate line) would be used to designate a subsection of a major section; a Level 3 heading (indented ½”, sentence style caps, bold font, ends with a period, runs into paragraph text) designates a subsection under a Level 2 heading, and so on. Most student papers will use no more than three levels of headings.
The five levels of headings are shown below.
Level 1: Major Section With Upper and Lowercase
Level 2: Flush Left Margin
Level 3: Sentence style caps, runs into text. One space and then start your paragraph
Level 4: Like above but set in italics .This level is rarely used in student papers.
Level 5:Similar to Levels 3 and 4, but not bold. This level is rarely used in student papers.
Citations and References
Your papers should use the citation and reference formats shown in the APA Manual, Sixth Edition. The (Author, Date) system of in-text citations is used to give credit to the words, work, and ideas of others on which you are building your argument. The Reference section starts on a separate page after the body text of the paper. If you need help formatting citations or references, check out the APA Quick Reference Guide that is available on the School of Social Work website: http://ssw.unc.edu/files/web/pdf/APA_Quick_Reference_Guide.pdf
About a References Section
An example of a References section is located further down in this template. Note that APA uses the "hanging indent" style for references. The easiest way to create hanging indents is to type each reference without worrying about the hanging indent. Then, when you are finished, select all the references at once (and nothing else) and apply the hanging indent.
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Tables and Figures
Check with your instructor about whether you should embed tables and figures in the text or attach graphic elements at the end of the paper. If your instructor asks that you attach tables and figures on separate pages at the end of the text (typical format for papers being submitted for publication) then the manuscript order is Title Page, Body Text, Reference Section, Appendix (if any) , Tables, and Figures.
APA format for tables omits the gridlines. See the APA Quick Reference Guide for table formatting rules. In addition, if you need instruction on creating tables in Word, you’ll find a variety of helpful videos posted on YouTube. I recommend the following tutorial for creating tables in Word...