Q. How do I create a title page and format my paper in APA?


This guide presents basic rules from the APA Style Guide. Your instructor may have different expectations. Please check with your instructor that this guide is appropriate for your assignment(s).

Formatting your paper:

  1. Use 8 ½ x 11 white paper
  2. Leave uniform margins of 1 inch (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left, and right of every page
  3. Use 12 point font – Times New Roman throughout the paper (even for the running head!)
  4. Double space between all lines of type throughout the document.
  5. List page numbers on the top right corner of all pages, including your title page. Learn how to add page numbers to a running head in word.

Title Page:

Prepare a title page for papers five pages or more in length  
*Check with your instructor!

  1. Create a running head that is no longer than 50 characters (shortened version of your title). The running head on your title page is different from the running head on subsequent pages because it includes the prefix “Running head:"

    For example, the running head on the title page would read as:


    But on all subsequent pages would read as:

    Close the Header & Footer by double-clicking on the main body of your document.

  2. List identifying information within the main body of your title page. Make sure that it is centre-aligned and begins approximately a third of the way down the page. This information should in include the following 3 things: 
  • Full Title of Your Paper (must be under twelve words in length)
  • First and Last name
  • Educational institution

    This information should be centre aligned as indicated in the example below, and begin approximately a third of the way down the page:

Title of Paper Written in Title Case

Your First Name Last Name

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Anything Else Your Instructor Tells You to Include


For more information on APA, visit the APA Citation Support Guide on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library website.



  • Last Updated Nov 05, 2019
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  • Answered By Hannah Elliott

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