A handout from the Online Information Series
Copyright (c) 2002, Jolene M. Morris, All Rights Reserved

APA Formatting Guidelines

The APA Publication Manual contains guidelines for three aspects of an APA paper:

This handout will review the APA page formatting guidelines and will explain how to configure Word to achieve those guidelines without a template. 

Start with the Title Page

The Abstract Page

Turn on horizontal centering (Ctrl-E).

The Body of the Paper

The Reference Page

The Rest of the Paper

If you have figures, tables, author notes, and/or appendices to add to your paper, force a manual page break between each document (Ctrl-Enter). The order of documents in your paper should be:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Body of the paper
  4. References
  5. Appendixes
  6. Footnotes and Notes
  7. Tables
  8. Figures


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.).(2001). Washington: American Psychological Association.

Copyright (c) 2002, Jolene M. Morris, All Rights Reserved

Jerry Griffin, Ed.D.
UOP Online Faculty
University of Phoenix