Formatting an apa style Paper Using Microsoft Word 2010



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Create First Page of Text (Page 3)

On your third page, change the type back to Centered (click Home, to the Paragraph Panel and click the Center button--second from left).

Your font should remain Times New Roman, size 12. Type in the word “Title” as a place holder. It should be centered on the page. Hit enter.

Change the Centered type to Left (go to the Paragraph Panel and click Left Align button—first one on left).

Click the Insert tab

Click Page Break



Create Reference Page

On the fourth page, change the type back to Centered (click Home, go to the Paragraph Tab and click the Center button--second from left).

Your font should remain Times New Roman, size 12. Type the word: References. It should be centered on the page. Hit Enter.

Change the Centered type to Left (go to the Paragraph Tab and click Left Align button—first one on left).



Save your template again

Using the template

You are now ready to begin using your template. The first time you open your template, immediately go to File, Save As. Name the file working title of your paper. Click Save. This will allow you to type your paper into this template without changing the original template.

When you are finished writing your paper, you will need to format your references.

Formatting your references

APA rules require that the second line and subsequent lines of your citation be indented 5 spaces.



To create this hanging indent, click the arrow in the lower right corner of the ParagraphPanel.

In the Indentation area, select the Hanging option from the Special drop-down list.



The “By” box automatically reads 0.5", which means that Word automatically hangs and indents the paragraph a half-inch.


Click “Ok”



Your citations should now format correctly.


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