Basic facts of APA writing style

  • Always double space, including the text of your paper, quotations, notes, and the reference page.
  • Leave margins of at least one-inch at the top, bottom, right, and left of every page.
  • Use parenthetical citations to acknowledge direct quotations, indirect quotations, and/or any ideas you have borrowed from another person.
  • Use a reference page for reference to parenthetical citations.
  • Within the text of your paper, underline titles of books, plays, pamphlets, periodicals, films, television programs, and recordings; place in quotation marks titles of articles, essays in anthologies, book chapters, and lectures.
  • Number pages in the upper right hand corner. Include a running head.

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