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The APA Title Page
Title Page Formats
Grace Fleming

This tutorial provides instruction for three types of title pages:

  • APA Title Page
  • Turabian Title Page
  • MLA Title Page

The APA title page can be the most confusing to format. The running head requirement seems to confuse students who don't understand whether (or in what manner) to use the term "Running head" on the first page.

The example above shows the proper method. Type "Running head" in 12 point font in Times New Roman and try to make it level with your page number, which also appears on the first page. After this phrase you will type an abbreviated version of your official title in capital letters.

The term "running head" actually refers to the shortened title you've created, and that shortened title will "run" along the top of your entire paper.

The shortened title should appear at the top of the page on the left, in the same area--level with the page number which will be place on the top right corner, about an inch from the top. You insert the running head title and the page numbers as headers. See the Microsoft Word tutorial for specific instruction for inserting headers.

The full title of your paper is placed about one third of the way down the title page. It should be centered. The title is not placed in capital letters. Instead you use "title style" capitalization; in other words, you should capitalize the major words, nouns, verbs, and first and last words of the title.

Double space after the title to add your name. Double space again to add additional information, and make sure this information is centered.

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