Basic Formatting 3
General Formatting Information
Formatting refers to the layout of a paper and is an important tool for successful
academic papers. This section contains requirements for formatting academic papers following
the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (APA) (5
1. Use 12-point Times New Roman or Courier.
2. Use italics sparingly for emphasis instead of bold, underlining, or all capital letters.
3. Eliminate bold text.
1. Use 1-inch margins throughout the paper (top, bottom, sides).
2. Use a ragged right-hand margin (no right justification).
Use automatic pagination. Be sure to have at least two lines of a paragraph at the bottom
of a page or at the top of a page. When headings are used, place at least two lines of text with the
heading at the bottom of a page. (Avoid placing a heading at the bottom of the page with no
other lines of the paragraph.)
1. Use double spacing throughout, including title page, references, and indented quotations.
(Note: Word 2007 places extra space between paragraphs. You will need to adjust this by
selecting the Page Layout menu. Then access Paragraph and Indents and Spacing. Under the
Spacing heading, set the spacing option to 0 pt. before and 0 pt. after. Click OK.)
2. Use one space after each end punctuation mark. Be consistent throughout the document.