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APA Guide: 7th Edition

In this webinar, the style experts demonstrate how to set up student papers (font, line spacing, margins, page numbers, etc.), with an emphasis on how default word-processing software settings align with seventh edition style and make papers easier to format. The experts then address needs for formatting in the sections often included in student papers: title page, text, tables and figures, and reference list. The session concludes with steps for organizing papers and improving their quality.

The annotated diagrams from the webinar are available in this handout (PDF, 3.4MB).

Professional Paper Example

Video: Anatomy of a Scientific Article


The outline of a scientific paper:

  1. Title Page (page 1)
  2. Abstract (only if required by your instructor)
  3. The body of your paper.  (See the "Anatomy of a Scientific Article" video).
  4. References
  5. Footnotes
  6. Tables
  7. Figures
  8. Appendices

Each of these items should start on a new page.  Student papers may not contain all of these items.  Consult your assignment instructions and grading rubric for details on what you are to provide.  

All content on this guide comes from the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and from the APA Style Blog.


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). 

American Psychological Association. (2020, October). Blog