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Answered By: Cassie Sampson, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: May 06, 2016     Views: 12859

APA papers require a running head in the header of each page.

  • To type in the header area of your Word document, you must activate the header by double clicking in it or choosing to insert a header. You cannot simply type your running head at the top of your paper.
  • The header of each page also includes a page number (flush right).

Running heads are:

  • Your paper's title
  • 50 characters in length or less (they may be an abbreviated version of the title of your paper)
  • Times New Roman, 12 pt font
  • Not bolded or italicized
  • Flush left
    • See section 8.03 (p. 229) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for more information.
  • First page (title page) running head includes the prefix: Running head:
    • Title page example: Running head: DYSLEXIA IN PRESCHOOLS
  • Following pages do not include the prefix
    • Rest of paper example: DYSLEXIA IN PRESCHOOLS

Watch the short video below for directions on inserting a header in your paper. You can also find step-by-step directions here:


Comments (1)

  1. Question: is this the sixth edition of APA writing style?
    Our response: Yes, this is for the 6th edition of APA
    by rita on Jun 18, 2015.

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