How to Format a Title Page Using APA (6th Edition)

The goal of the title page is to provide the reader with the essential information about the paper that he or she is about to read, such as the title, the author, and the date that the paper was finalized. The American Psychological Association provides clear instructions for formatting a title page. The title page follows a bare-bones format, giving the reader just the basic information about the paper and the author.

Position the running head in the header. This should also be in Times New Roman 12-point type. The words "Running head:" and the report title in all caps should be flush left; the page number is flush right. The words "Running head:" only appear on page 1 of the document.

In your word-processing software, you will have to choose "Different first page" in the header menu to remove the words "Running head:" from subsequent pages.

Ensure that the subsequent title page information is centered on the page. Write the title in the top half of your page. Your title may take up to two lines, but APA guidelines say to avoid titles more than 12 words long. They should also contain no abbreviations or unneeded words.

Center the author's name below the title. Use the first and last name, as well as the middle initial. Do not include academic titles or degrees.

Place the author's university affiliation, also centered, below the author's name. This should be the site where the author conducted the research for the paper.

  • APA recommends setting your font to Times New Roman, with 12-point type. Set your lines so that all the printing is double-spaced.
  • The previous steps list the basic APA format for a title page. But check with your professor to see if she requires the listing of additional information. Some instructors may want the course name, date and instructor's name printed on the same page.