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This video will show you how to set up your paper following correct APA Style guidelines in Microsoft Word 2010 for PC. This specific video focuses on making a title page, setting up a running head, and how to use section headings properly.
The steps should be very similar on every version of Word since 2007 for PC. On Word for Mac, I believe the steps are the same, but the interface is different.
Note: If the ruler is not visible for you, go to the View tab and check the Ruler box.
For how to make a Reference List:
For how to use In-Text Citations and Quotations:
For more information about APA Style, pick up the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, or browse through the resources at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):
Question- do we keep the "running head:" on the title page or was that for informative purposes? I noticed we take off "running head:" part for the remainder of the paper but I'm a bit confused for the title page. Thanks!
Well, APA recommends Times New Roman size 12, but I believe that's the only font the APA Style book mentions by name for text. IIRC, you should use a serif font (which are fonts with the little small lines). So Times New Roman, Courier, Cambria, etc. For font size if you're not using TNR, I'd say 11 or 12, depending on how large the font is. If it's larger than TNR, use 11, if it's about the same size, use 12; this will keep fonts about the same size as TNR.
The video tutorial you developed is clear and easy for students to follow. May I have your permission to embed the video on our community college library website? Of course, we will give you credit for authorship.
High schools should teach this shit. I just graduated HS and started attending college summer classes. My Business teacher gave us an assignment to interview a business owner and write a report in apa and I have no idea what the fuckkkk i am doing.
DON'T EVER DELETE THIS VIDEO!!! This has been my life saver. Every time I need to write a paper I come to this video. It's saved in my favorites since I watch it so often. So easy to understand. Thank you so much for making this for all of us students who still can't get this APA thing memorized! Lol
can you do this again with a more updated version of Word? some buttons you describe have changed and moved. I was looking for the running header format and got lost in the older version of word. Thanks! oh, doesn't help that I'm on a Mac.
Omg thank you so much. This was very very helpful. After 24 years of being out of school, I am back in for Master's degree and this is such a big help I don't remember having this when I was in college. We definitely didn't have the internet.
Check the other comments. Odds are good you did not use a Next Page Section Break, which is necessary to unlink the sections as I do in the video. If you don't use the section break, there aren't sections to unlink.
If it's a really short paper (< 2 pages), you can probably get away with not using headings, as long as you have decent transition sentences and the paper is organized well. Otherwise, per APA Style, you need to start with Level 1 headings and work your way down. Level 2 headings are for subsections of larger sections.
Hmmmm, not entirely sure. Could be that your tab stop position got messed up somehow. Make sure you have your ruler visible (in the View menu). Double-click just below the ruler at the top of the page and hit Clear All. Not sure what else to suggest if that doesn't work though.
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