How to Format a Title Page in APA Style in Windows Office 2007

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The American Psychological Association, or APA, publishes a style guide that informs readers about publishing standards, clear and concise writing, style and mechanics, crediting sources and the content and structure requirements for a properly formatted APA report. APA requires that papers contain a title page, and the APA manual dictates precise instructions for content and its placement on the title page. Follow the APA guide meticulously to produce a well-written APA paper that will enhance the credibility of your writing. A Windows Office 2007 program, Microsoft Word, can help you create a professional-looking title page.

Formatting

  • Open Word 2007 on your computer.

  • Click the "Page Layout" tab at the top of the document window. Click the icon that says "Margins."

  • Select the option entitled "Normal," which sets your left, right, top and bottom margins to 1 inch.

  • Select the "Home" tab at the top of your document screen. In the "Paragraph" section, click the icon that looks like four parallel horizontal lines with small blue arrows pointing up and down along the left-hand margin of the four lines. This is the line-spacing option.

  • Set line spacing to double by scrolling down to "2.0" on the drop-down menu that opens.

Header

  • Double-click the blank space near the top of your document. This opens the "Header" area of the page. You'll see a dotted line with a small tab entitled "Header" showing at the left-hand side.

  • Click anywhere inside the header area and your cursor will blink to show you are ready to enter text. APA style requires two items in the header of the title page: the running head and the page number.

  • Enter the words "Running head:" exactly as shown here, with the "R" capitalized and the "h" lowercase and the colon after "head." Do not enter any quotation marks. After the colon, space once and enter, in all capital letters, the name of your paper. If the paper's name is long, shorten it to a few descriptive words. Example: Running head: POLITICS TODAY

  • Press the "Tab" key on your keyboard until the cursor moves to the right-hand margin. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of your document screen and then click "Page Number" in the "Header & Footer" area of the Word 2007 ribbon.

  • Hover your mouse over "Current Position" in the drop-down menu that opens. A new menu will open. Move your mouse over to the option entitled "Plain Number." Click anywhere in the area next to that option. Word inserts a "1" at the right-hand margin in your header, completing your header formatting.

Content

  • Double-click in the main area of your document, anywhere below the dotted line showing where the header is placed. This makes the main area of your title page active so you can type in the rest of your title page information.

  • Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard several times--- two or three time is a good rule of thumb --- to move the cursor down the page. APA style dictates that your title is centered, typed in uppercase and lowercase style and placed in the upper half of the page.

  • Enter "Ctrl + E" on your keyboard to move the cursor to the center of the line. Type in the name of your paper, capitalizing the important words only. Example: United States Politics of Today

  • Press "Enter" once on your keyboard. Your cursor will move to the center of the line, two spaces below the title. Type in your name and the name(s) of any other author(s) of the paper. APA prefers that you enter your first name, middle initial and then last name. If you have more than one author, place the word "and" between author names.

  • Move the cursor down once more by pressing "Enter" on your keyboard. Type in your "institutional affiliation," which is the place you were when you conducted your research. Examples: Texas Tech University or National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. If you are not affiliated with an institution, type in your city, a comma and then your state of residence. Example: McKinney, Texas.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not abbreviate state names on the title page.
  • If you have more than one author and their institutions differ, type the first author's name, then center his affiliation below his name, then type the second author's name on the next line and center her affiliation below her name. Continue until you name all authors.
  • Some papers require an "Author Note" on the title page. Most student papers do not have this requirement, but if your paper will be published, your professor may require it. The author note is typed flush with the left margin and at the bottom half of the title page. The note contains information such as disclaimers, acknowledgments and more complete affiliation information, including an author's department within a university.
  • Do not hyphenate any words at the end of a line on the title page.
  • Use a 12-point serif font, such as Courier or Times New Roman, for APA papers.
  • Follow the format exactly or the paper is not correct APA style.
  • The first printing of the APA style manual's sixth edition contained numerous mistakes. APA released a second printing later that revised the errors. If your APA guide's title page says "Sixth Edition, First Printing," your book contains errors. View the corrections by visiting the APA website.

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