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APA 7th Ed. Help: Student Paper Formatting

Library guide to support APA 7th edition.

About Student Paper Formatting

Gateway Technical College is following the formatting guidelines for the new Student Paper format. For more information on each section look for the corresponding page in this Guide.

The Gateway Libraries recommend that students consult their course syllabus and assignment details for any course specifics and additional faculty requirements. 

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APA 7th Ed. Tutorial

Student Paper Formatting

The basics for an APA formatted Student Paper are:

  • Margins: 1-inch margins on all sides
  • Font: approved fonts include Calibri 11 pt, Arial 11 pt, Lucinda Sans Unicode 10 pt, Georgia 11 pt, and Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • Spacing: double-spacing throughout
  • Page Numbers: page numbers are placed in the header, flush right.
  • In addition to the text of your paper include a title page and a references page.
  • Title page: include the title (in bold), followed by an extra line space and then your name, name of college, course number and course name, instructor name, and assignment due date.
  • Use only one space after a period in the body of the paper.

Student Paper formatting details can be found in Chapter 2 of the APA Publication Manual 7th edition.

APA formatting from the American Psychological Association.  

APA Style (7th Edition) paper formatting information from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) often referred to as Purdue OWL.

Additional information:

Student Paper Format: Summary Of Notable APA 7th ed. Changes

The number in parentheses indicates the corresponding chapter or section(s) in the APA Publication Manual. 

Formatting

  • The running head is no longer required in Student Papers. The page header consists of the page number only. ( 2.2, 2.8 & 2.18)
  • Recommended fonts now include Calibri 11 pt, Arial 11 pt, Lucinda Sans Unicode 10 pt, Georgia 11 pt, and Times New Roman 12 pt. ( 2.19)
  • For Student Papers, on the title page include the title in bold, author names, author affiliation (school name), course number and name, instructor name, assignment due date, and page number. ( 2.2 & 2.3)
  • On the first page of text (body of the paper), the title of the paper appears at the top of the paper in bold and centered. (2.11)
  • Use only one space after a period in the body of the paper. (6.1)
  • All Headings and Subheadings are in bold. (2.27)

APA Student Paper Templates & Guide

The Gateway Libraries recommend that students consult their course syllabus and assignment details for any course specifics and additional faculty requirements. 

Sample APA 7th ed. Papers