How to Type in APA Format

Updated June 02, 2017

The American Psychological Association (APA) was formed in 1892. Since then, it has expanded to include more than 150,000 members dedicated to studying the human mind and generating standards of practice. APA format, the writing standard created by the American Psychological Association, is used primarily for social science writing, including psychology, sociology and anthropology. Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for a complete explanation of APA formatting.

Type your APA format document in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Use 1-inch margins on all sides of your 8½-by-11-inch page.

Cite your references within a document. Include the author’s last name, followed by a comma and the year of publication. This reference should be in parentheses. If you are quoting from a text or paraphrasing, also include the page number by writing “p. 45,” for example.

Write in third-person voice. APA style discourages using the first-person perspective. Write scientifically, in a clear, concise way, and avoid flowery language.

Provide references at the end of your paper. Alphabetize the list by the authors' last names, and indent all references after the first one.

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