Margins In An APA Research Paper: Formatting Tips And Tricks

If you are required to finish your research paper in the APA style, you need to have at least the slightest idea of what it is. The APA (American Psychological Association) academic style of writing is the one that is most frequently used for works in the field of social sciences and humanities.

Why Each Style Is So Special

Now, when you know what the style is, you should remember that it’s different from all others and has its peculiarities that will make your project unique. All of the peculiarities are too numerous to be named here, but, you can find them in special manuals that provide the perfect guidance through the style. These manuals can be found both online and offline, in Internet databases, and regular libraries.

Why Stick to the Style Demands

The main thing you need to remember about any style that is chosen for your projects is to keep in mind all the demands that the style has. It’s evidence of your professional abilities because it’s important, not only, to do your research but also to organize it on paper properly. So, whatever the style demands should be done.

The APA Margins

For example, the APA style has specific requirements for even small details of your project, such as margins. All texts that are written in this style should have margins of at least 1 inch at each side of a page. The 6th edition of the most famous manual on this style demands to leave margins of 1 inch at the top, bottom, left and right sides of each page, including the title page, abstract, and reference pages.

NB: You should remember that manuals on the APA style often provide samples of academic project pages. Yet, the margins these pages often appear to have margins that are smaller or wider than 1 inch. In such situations, the authors of the manual warn their readers that these pages should not be used as precise samples of margin organization. They are most likely provided as samples of other requirements regarding academic papers and their parts.

The Running Head

There is another detail that is required by the APA style regarding all academic papers, and research papers, in particular. This detail is called the running head. This detail is, in a nutshell, a short version of your paper’s title that is located in the top left corner of a page. These running heads can be created with the help of default settings of your word processing software. Alongside the running head, there should be page numbers located in top right corners of each page.

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