Helpful APA Citation Guidelines

The Truth about APA Paper Formatting

You may be assigned to format your academic paper in the APA citation style. In this case, you should follow specific directions in order to organize your piece of writing according to the established rules.

General Instructions

Structural Elements

Your work should comprise four main sections such as:

Title Page

It should include the following four key items: your paper title, page header, writer’s name, institutional affiliation and writer’s note.  The running head/page header has to be made in the abovementioned manner.

*Keep in mind that in the APA essay format, the words “Running Head” have to be present in the running head/page header section on the title page only. The said phrase should be capitalized and put before your title. Other pages of your paper should not comprise these words in the page header.

The title of your academic work should illustrate its key point. Note that there should not be any abbreviated or vague words in the title.



**The APA format in text citation pieces are to be provided throughout the body section comprising the author’s name and the year of publication. Do not use page numbers in in text citation APA.


  1. Start this section on a new page.
  2. Indicate the title, i.e. “References.” It should be neither italicized not underlined. Avoid using quotation marks.
  3. The reference page APA should be double-spaced and arranged in the alphabetical order.
  4. Every resource cited in your work should be referenced properly and presented on this list.