Q. Is there a checklist for APA papers so I can check my own APA?


Yes, Rasmussen has an APA paper checklist; please view the checklist below.



Title page formatting guidelines

  • Choice of 6 fonts (Calibri, 11 point; Arial 11 point; Lucida Sans Unicode, 10 point; Times New Roman, 12 point; Georgia, 11 point; Computer Modern, 10 point). Choose one font and use it throughout the paper.
  • One-inch margins throughout the entire paper
  • Page number (1) is in header and aligned right
  • The following pieces of information are centered in the top half of the page:
    • Title of Paper, bolded
    • Student Name
    • Rasmussen University
    • Course Number: Course Title
    • Instructor's Name
    • Assignment Due Date


Body of paper - general formatting guidelines

  • Page number (2,3,4, etc.) in header, aligned right
  • Double spaced
  • Title centered and bolded at top of page
  • 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
  • Introduction
    • Introduces the topic covered in the paper
    • States the thesis or position to be supported in the body of the paper
    • Usually one or two paragraphs in length
  • Body
    • Main part of paper
    • Points presented in logical order to support thesis, one point per paragraph
    • Length of this section varies; usually a minimum of three paragraphs
  • Conclusion
    • Restates the thesis
    • Reinforces major points made in the body of the paper
    • Usually one or two paragraphs in length


References list formatting guidelines

  • The references list is the last section of the paper and begins on its own page
  • The word References is centered and bolded at the top of the page
  • 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



  • Last Updated Apr 13, 2021
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  • Answered By Kate Anderson, Business Librarian

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Comments (8)

  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: http://guides.rasmussen.edu/apa#s-lib-ctab-4673769-4
    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
  7. Can you please give an example of how to correctly cite a government website and include parenthetical and in-text citation examples?
    by Jackie on Jul 31, 2021
  8. Jackie, Please visit the Group Author tab in the References area of Rasmussen's APA Guide for information on how to create a reference and in-text citation for a government website: https://guides.rasmussen.edu/apa/websites#s-lib-ctab-23817250-1
    by Kate Anderson, Rasmussen Librarian on Aug 02, 2021

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