Answered By: Dennis Johnson, CJ, LE, & Paralegal Librarian
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2018     Views: 22444



  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • One-inch margins
  • Page number (1) is in header and aligned right
  • Header has "Running head: TITLE" aligned left
    • Running head is mixed capitalization
    • TITLE in header is ALL CAPS
  • TITLE in header is SHORTENED if it is more than 50 characters
  • Title or paper, your name, Rasmussen College are centered and start at the top half of page, each on their own line
  • Author Note label is centered and appears in the bottom half of the page
  • Author note includes date, name of your instructor, and course name and is left aligned and indented below the Author Note label


  • Header has TITLE aligned left and page number (2,3,4, etc.) aligned right
  • TITLE in header is SHORTENED if it is more than 50 characters
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Double spaced
  • Complete title of paper centered at top of the first page of the paper
  • Thesis statement appears in the first paragraph of the paper
  • Summaries and paraphrases are written in student author's voice/words and include in-text citations
  • Three of more consecutive words from source material are treated as quotations
  • Quotes are enclosed in quotation marks and in-text citations include page or paragraph numbers
  • All in-text citations have a matching reference item in the References page
  • Student voice is evident; supported but not replaced by source material


  • The references list is the last section of the paper and begins on its own page
  • The word References is centered at the top of the page
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Entries are double spaced and are listed in alphabetical order by the first word of entry
  • Hanging indent is used for references that continue beyond one line
  • All sources listed in the References section are cited using matching in-text citations within the text of the paper


  • Multiple types of sources referenced, including books, academic journal articles, and reputable websites
  • Sources are credible, accurate, relevant, and up-to-date (written by an authority, balanced, and current)
  • Sources contain more than one point of view, or if biased, are balanced by another

Comments (6)

  1. I need to see a sample paper.Where will I find that?
    by Susan Sands on Oct 26, 2015.
  2. I need to see a sample paper.Where will I find that?
    by Ionela Denisa Stroe on Oct 29, 2015.
  3. Sandy and Ionela, you can find a sample APA paper in our APA guide here:
    by Sara Stambaugh on Oct 29, 2015.
    by EVELYN on Jan 10, 2016.
  5. how long is paper should be?
    by ''ank do on Apr 04, 2017.
  6. Ank do,

    Your assignment should tell you how long the paper should be (or how many pages). If not, send a course message to your instructor to ask for details.

    by Ashley Guy, Nursing Librarian on Apr 04, 2017.

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