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APA Formatting: APA Basics

APA Basics

Here are the basic points for how your actual paper should be set up before typing your content.


  • printed on 8.5" x 11" white paper
  • black ink
  • 12 point Times New Roman font double spaced
  • 1" margins


Include all of your "in-text citations" as you're typing your paper. It's very difficult to go back later to add them. Your instructor may require you to write an abstract. This is a page after your title page but before your main paper that describes what you found or concluded in your paper. Abstracts are 150-200 words and are used as a brief overview for readers to know what your paper is about.

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