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What Is Included on a Cover Page in APA Style?


APA stands for American Psychological Association and refers to the set of citation guidelines that governs science and psychology papers. APA guidelines require a separate cover page, but the rules for making one are simple. Simply list the title of your paper, your name and the name of your educational institution.

Running Head

Type a header at the top of your cover page, flush with the left margin, that begins with "Running head," followed by a colon, the title of your paper in capital letters and a page number flush with the right margin.

Center of the Page

Halfway down the page at the center, include the title of your essay in title case, such as: "The Effects of Physical Activity on Children." Click "Enter" and type your name. Hit "Enter" again and write the name of your university or college. Highlight all three lines and center the text to ensure that the title, your name and the name of your college are all centered and stacked on top of each other in the middle of the page.

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Nadine Smith has been writing since 2010. She teaches college writing and ESL courses and has several years experience tutoring all ages in English, ESL and literature. Nadine holds a Master of Arts in English language and literature from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, where she led seminars as a teaching assistant.

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