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HSA 3111 APA Support: APA paper formatting

HSA 3111 & 4850

Running Heads, Margins, Fonts, and more

Running Heads, Margins, Font, and more APA7 Style Basics
  • Font: APA7 accepts a variety of standard legible fonts, including: 
    • sans serif: 11-pt Calibri or 11-pt Arial
    • serif: 12-pt Times New Roman or 11-pt Georgia
  • Margins: 1 inch all around.
  • Spacing: Double spaced throughout, no extra space between paragraphs.
  • Indents: 
    • ​Body of paper: First Line indent
    • References page: Hanging indent
  • Running headnot required for student papers.
  • Abstract: not required for student papers.

Paper examples

APA paper examples

Once you look over the requirements on the left, take a look at this example


APA Style is known as "down" style, meaning that words are lowercase unless there is specific guidance to capitalize them.

Title Case:

In titles, capitalize the following:

  • The first word of the title, including "The" or "A"
  • First word of a subtitle
  • First word after colon, em dash, or end punctuation in a heading
  • Words of 4 letters or more (With, From..)

Keep lowercase:

  • Short conjunctions (and, as, but...)
  • Articles (a, an, the)
  • Short Prepositions (as, at, by...)

Reports In-Text vs References Page:

When writing out report titles in-text, capitalize every major word. 

When writing out report titles on the References page, use Title Case.


In-Text: In the report People With a Higher Risk of Food Poisoning, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (2019) mention adults aged 65 and older, children younger than 5 years, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019, January 24). People with a higher risk of food poisoning. Department of Health and Human Services.