Before you start your essay or research paper, you should familiarize yourself with some general APA rules.
First, your paper must be typed on standard-sized paper (8.5” x 11”), using one-inch margins on each side.
The running head is on the left, on the right is the page number, starting with 1.
Centered on the page is the full title of the paper, the author's name is on the next line, and the institutional affiliation (your school) is on the third line.
The title page of an APA paper includes a shortened version of your title in the header, with the words: Running head: before it.
The shortened title needs to make sense, it is not simply the first 50 characters of the longer title.The page header should be inserted flush left while the page numbering should be flush right and at the top of the page.This is how the running head should appear on the title page: Running head: TITLE OF PAPEROn every subsequent page, the running head should look as follows: TITLE OF PAPERYour title should be centered, typed in upper and lowercase letters, and located in the upper half of the page.The running head should not be longer than 50 characters, including punctuation and spacing, even if the title of your paper is longer.An APA format title page should include the title of your paper, your name, and the school, college or university where you study.The importance of using proper citations cannot be understated.It gives credit to the authors for ideas and research that you have incorporated into your own paper.Use double-spacing throughout your paper, including on the title page.Under the title, you should type your first name, middle initial(s), and last name. Under your name, type the name of your academic institution or research organization.Below this is where you will provide a brief, one paragraph, double-spaced summary of the main points of your essay. Note that the abstract in the APA format for a research paper should discuss the topic under study, the research questions, any subjects of the research, your research methods, the findings/results, analysis of the data, and your conclusions.You could also include the implications of your work and recommendations for future studies connected with your findings.