The APA recommends 12-pt Times New Roman, but you could also go wild and use Helvetica, Georgia, Arial, or Calibri.
Last but not least, the entire document—from the cover page to the reference list—should be double-spaced with paragraphs indented 1/2 an inch.
Your abstract should be double-spaced with the first line justified with the left margin (usually, an abstract is a single paragraph, so there’s no need to indent).
While it’s not required, it’s not a bad idea to include keywords beneath your abstract if there’s a chance it will be included in a database as keywords make it easier to locate.
Sometimes, you’ll find a particularly meaty quote that you cannot resist adding to your paper.
Just remember that, if the quotation is more than 40 words in length, you need to create a block quotation.
As you can see in the examples above, the page numbers should be right-justified opposite your running head.
Another key element of APA essay format is the cover page.
But if you just want to quickly learn the basics and turn in a tidy, well-formatted essay, keep reading!
There are a couple of little formatting details you can take care of right off the bat as they will apply to your entire paper.