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APA Citation Style Guide (7th Edition)

General Guidlines for formatting a paper

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Formatting a Paper

General Guidelines:

- Use one of the following fonts:

  • 11 pt. Calibri
  • 11 pt. Arial
  • 10 pt. Lucinda Sans Unicode
  • 11 pt. Georgia
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman

- Double space your entire paper, including all lines of the reference list.

- Ensure margins are at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) on all sides of every page.

- Number pages (1, 2, 3…) in the upper right-hand corner of each page, including the title page.

-Indent first line of each paragraph


Direct Quotations:

If a direct quotation is less than 40 words, enclose it in quotation marks.


Ratsoy (2016) suggests that "faculty encourage students to publically disseminate their work and distribute it to a wider audience" (p. 10).

If the quotation is 40 words or more, it is formatted as a block quote, indented from the left-hand margin, with no quotation marks used.


Ratsoy (2016) concluded that:

Whether through a student undergraduate conference, a guest lecture in a class, a teaching and learning centre workshop, or a peer-reviewed conference on or off campus, when students co-present, their belief in the significance of their research is affirmed by the audience’s interest in it. (p. 10)