If a title page is required for your assignment, follow these steps:
1. Place your cursor at the top of the first page
2. Hit Enter on the keyboard five times
3. Type your title's paper using these rules:
4. Press ENTER, then type your full name (with middle initial if you want to include it)
5. Press ENTER, then type Central Penn College
An abstract is a short summary of your paper, usually about 100 - 150 words long. An abstract receives its own page and should be page 2 of your paper.
If your instructor requires an abstract, follow these steps:
1. Type and center the title, Abstract
2. Press Enter on the keyboard, then click the Left Adjust button
3. Every line, including the first line, should be flush against the left margin, not indented. Type your abstract.
4. Press Enter then Tab on the keyboard, and type: Keywords:
5. Type the most important, key vocabulary terms here (just a few)
6. Highlight and italicize Keywords (and leave the actual vocabulary terms not italicized)
1. Type the title of your paper as it appears on the title page (line one for title, line two for subtitle), then highlight your entire title and center it
2. On the first line of your paragraph, click the left adjust button to move your cursor back to the left margin
3. Begin writing your paper. Once you have a few lines done, highlight the lines you've written (do NOT include the title), then click the Paragraph Formatting button
4. Under Indentation: Special, choose First Line. The default indentation is 0.5", which is correct
Your References should begin at the top of a new page immediately after your essay has ended.
1. Type and center the title: References
2. Press enter, then select the left adjust button to move your cursor to the left margin
3. Write (or paste) all of your citations. Each citation should begin on a new line. Do not add any extra spaces between citations.
4. Highlight all of your citations, then click the Sort button in the Paragraph section of the menu. The defaults are correct to sort alphabetically. Click OK.
5. Highlight all of your citations, then click the Paragraph formatting button.
6. Under Indentation: Special, select Hanging. The default setting is 0.5", which is correct. Click OK.
An appendix is a section that is added on to the very end of your paper (after the References page). Appendices should be used:
. . . produced the same results for both studies (see Appendices A and B for complete results).
Headers and page numbers are required for every APA paper you write. To correctly format your headers and page numbers:
1. Double click your mouse at the very top of the title page (or page 1 if there's no required title page).
2. Check the box to create a Different First Page. It looks like this:
3. Click Page Number, then select Top of Page, and Plain Number 3.
4. Type the following, following the capitalization exactly: Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
5. Tab twice to move the title to the left side of the header, while keeping the page number at the right
6. Select all text in the header (including page number), go to the Home tab, and change font to Times New Roman, size 12
7. Go down to your page 2 header (there should not currently be a header. If there is, make sure you have the box checked next to Different First Page)
8. Click Page Number, then select Top of Page, and Plain Number 3.
9. Type the title of your paper (the first line of the title on your title page) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS
10. Tab twice to move the title to the left side of the header, while keeping the page number at the right
11. Select all text in the header (including page number), go to the Home tab, and change font to Times New Roman, size 12
Every page after page 2 should have the same header you created for page 2.
HEADINGS should not be confused with HEADERS. Headers are your abbreviated title that run along the top margin of each page of your paper (see instructions above). Headings divide the body of your paper up into smaller, more manageable sections for your reader.
Centered, Bold, and Title Case
The title of your paper does not receive this formatting, but the next heading within the body of your paper will. Your paragraph begins on the next line and is indented by half an inch.
Flush Left, Bold, and Title Case
The body of your paragraph begins on the next line and is indented by half an inch.
Indented, bold, sentence case. Note that this style is in sentence format, beginning with a capital letter, and ending with a period.
Indented, bold, italics, sentence case. Note that this style is in sentence format, beginning with a capital letter, and ending with a period.
Indented, italics, sentence case. Note that this style is in sentence format, beginning with a capital letter, and ending with a period.
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