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Research Guide for Anthropology

Primary Style or Format Guide


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association.  5th ed.
Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2001.

IC and Lewis Reference and Main Stacks, also in Lewis Ready Reference
BF76.7 .P83 2001


An auxillary to the APA Publication Guide is their FAQ section available at: .

APA Video

Video by David Peak Maryland University professor of writing and communications

APA Uses and Tips

APA (American Psychological Association) is the most commonly used style within the behavioral and social sciences.

General Document Guidelines include:

  • Margins should be one inch on all sides (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Double-space throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, references, appendixes, footnotes, tables, and figure captions.
  • Space once after all punctuation,  including at the ends of sentences.
  • All text lines should be alligned left (creating an uneven right margin).
  • Paragraphs should be indented 5-7 spaces.
  • Page numbers appear one inch from the right edge of the paper on the first line of every page (except Figures), beginning with the title page
  • The first two or three words of the paper title appear five spaces to the left of the page number on every page (except Figures), beginning with the title page. Manuscript page headers are used to identify manuscript pages during the editorial process. The manuscript page header and page number can be inserted into a header, which then automatically appears on all pages.
  • Order of paper elements: Title Page, Abstract, Body, References, Appendixes, Footnotes, Tables, Figure Captions, Figures.

APA Style Resources

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