APA Paper Structure

Five Basic Parts of APA Style
  1. The TITLE PAGE includes the running head, title of the paper, and identification information/institutional affiliation (for example, The University of Central Arkansas). Start numbering pages with the cover page.
  2. The RUNNING HEAD should be at the top of every page, flush right. On the title page it should read “Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER.” For every other page, only the capitalized title should remain. This title is a shortened version of the your paper’s full title.
  3. The ABSTRACT should be on a separate page, following the title page, and should already include the running head. Title the page “Abstract” in normal text. Write a short summary of the key points of your paper. It should be about 150-250 words. Not all professors require this, so be sure to check your assignment sheets.
  4. The MAIN BODY of your paper includes the running head, a centered title, and body of text. It will most likely include in-text citations, and can utilize headings to create sections.
  5. The REFERENCE PAGE includes a list of sources that you cited within the body of your paper.

You can see an example APA paper here.
*Check with your professor for any specific heading structures required for an assignment.

**All parts of the paper should be in 12-point Times New Roman with 1-inch margins without justification.