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Download and use the editable templates for student papers below: .

  • APA 7th ed. Template Document This is an APA format template document in Google Docs. Click on the link -- it will ask for you to make a new copy of the document, which you can save in your own Google Drive with your preferred privacy settings.
  • APA 7th ed. Template Document A Microsoft Word document formatted correctly according to APA 7th edition.
  • APA 7th ed. Annotated Bibliography template A Microsoft Word document formatted correctly for an annotated bibliography.

Or, view the directions for specific sections below:

Order of sections (section 2.17).

  • Title page including Title, Author, University and Department, Class, Instructor, and Date
  • Body (including introduction, literature review or background, discussion, and conclusion)
  • Appendices (including tables & figures)

Margins & Page Numbers (sections 2.22-2.24)

  • 1 inch at top, bottom, and both sides
  • Left aligned paragraphs and leave the right edge ragged (not "right justified")
  • Indent first line of each paragraph 1/2 inch from left margin
  • Use page numbers, including on the title page, 1/2 inch from top and flush with right margin

Text Format (section 2.19)

  • Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Calibri, 11 point
  • Arial, 11 point
  • Lucinda Sans Unicode, 10 point
  • Georgia, 11 point
  • Double-space and align text to the left
  • Use active voice
  • Don't overuse technical jargon
  • No periods after a web address or DOI in the References list.

Tables and Figures In-Text (chapter 7)

  • Label tables and figures numerically (ex. Table 1)
  • Give each table column a heading and use separating lines only when necessary
  • Design the table and figure so that it can be understood on its own, i.e. it does not require reference to the surrounding text to understand it
  • Notes go below tables and figures

Title Page (section 2.3)

  • Include the title, your name,  the class name , and  the college's name
  • Title should be 12 words or less and summarize the paper's main idea
  • No periods or abbreviations
  • Do not italicize or underline
  • No quotation marks, all capital letters, or bold
  • Center horizontally in upper half of the page

Body (section 2.11)

  • Align the text to the left with a 1/2-inch left indent on the first line
  • Double-space
  • As long as there is no Abstract, at the top of the first page, type the title of the paper, centered, in bold , and in Sentence Case Capitalization
  • Usually, include sections like these:  introduction, literature review or background,  discussion, and conclusion -- but the specific organization will depend on the paper type
  • Spell out long organization names and add the abbreviation in parenthesis, then just use the abbreviation
  • Spell out numbers one through nine and use a number for 10 or more
  • Use a number for units of measurement, in tables, to represent statistical or math functions, and dates or times

Headings (section 2.26-2.27)

  • Level 1: Center, bold , Title Case 
  • Level 2: Align left, bold , Title Case
  • Level 3: Alight left, bold italics , Title Case
  • Level 4: Indented 1/2", bold , Title Case, end with a period. Follow with text. 
  • Level 5: Indented 1/2", bold italics , Title Case, end with a period. Follow with text. 

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Quotations (sections 8.26-8.33)

  • Include short quotations (40 words or less) in-text with quotation marks
  • For quotes more than 40 words, indent the entire quote a half inch from the left margin and double-space it with no quotation marks
  • When quoting two or more paragraphs from an original source, indent the first line of each paragraph a half inch from the left margin
  • Use ellipsis (...) when omitting sections from a quote and use four periods (....) if omitting the end section of a quote

References (section 2.12)

Begins on a new page following the text of your paper and includes complete citations for the resources you've used in your writing.

  • References should be centered and bolded at the top of a new page
  • Double-space and use hanging indents (where the first line is on the left margin and the following lines are indented a half inch from the left)
  • List authors' last name first followed by the first and middle initials (ex. Skinner, B. F.)
  • Alphabetize the list by the first author's last name of of each citation (see sections 9.44-9.49)
  • Capitalize only the first word, the first after a colon or em dash, and proper nouns
  • Don't capitalize the second word of a hyphenated compound
  • No quotation marks around titles of articles

Appendices with Tables, Figures, & Illustrations (section 2.14, and chapter 7)

  • Include appendices only to help the reader understand, evaluate, or replicate the study or argument
  • Put each appendix on a separate page and align left
  • For text, do not indent the first paragraph, but do indent the rest
  • If you have only one appendix, label it "Appendix"
  • If you have two or more appendices, label them "Appendix A", "Appendix B" and so forth as they appear in the body of your paper
  • Label tables and figures numerically (ex. Table 1, or Table B1 and Table B2 if Appendix B has two tables) and describe them within the text of the appendix
  • Notes go below tables and figures (see samples on p. 210-226)

Annotated Bibliography

Double-space the entire bibliography. give each entry a hanging indent. in the following annotation, indent the entire paragraph a half inch from the left margin and give the first line of each paragraph a half inch indent. see the template document at the top of this page..

  • Check with your professor for the length of the annotation and which elements you should evaluate.

These elements are optional, if your professor or field requires them, but they are  not required for student papers: 

Abstract (section 2.9).

  • Abstract gets its own page
  • Center "Abstract" heading and do not indent the first line of the text
  • Summarize the main points and purpose of the paper in 150-250 words maximum
  • Define abbreviations and acronyms used in the paper

Running Head (section 2.8 )

  • Shorten title to 50 characters or less (counting spaces and punctuation) for the running head
  • In the top margin, the running head is aligned left, with the page number aligned on the right
  • On every page, put (without the brackets): [SHORTENED TITLE OF YOUR PAPER IN ALL CAPS] [page number] 

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APA 7th Edition Formatting

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By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | June 2023

Formatting your paper in APA 7th edition can feel like a pretty daunting task , and understandably so. In this post, we’ll walk you through the APA 7 requirements, step by step. We’ll also share our free APA template , which you can use to fast-track your writing.

Student vs Professional Papers

First things first, it’s important to clarify that APA 7th edition has slightly different requirements for two different types of papers: student papers and professional papers . In this post, we’ll focus on the requirements for student papers. This will cover pretty much any paper you’ll need to submit as part of a degree program, including a dissertation or thesis (although those can require some small tweaks – more on that later).

Overview: APA 7th Edition Formatting

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  • The title page
  • The abstract
  • The main body
  • The reference list
  • The appendices
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Structure and Layout

Let’s start by looking at the overall structure of a student paper formatted for APA 7th edition, before diving into the details of each section. APA requires that your paper follows a very specific, standardised structure , consisting of the following parts:

The title page : this will include the title of your paper, as well as a subtitle (if required by your university). It will also contain some information about yourself, your department and the course you’re writing the paper for.

The abstract : depending on the length of your paper and the requirements of your university, you may be required to present a brief abstract, summarising the core takeaways from your paper.

The main body : this section is the “heart” of your paper, containing the bulk of your word count. This is where you’ll present your A-grade writing!

The reference list : this section is where you’ll detail all the reference information corresponding to the in-text citations in the main body of your paper (the previous section).

Tables and figures: in the vast majority of cases, universities require that tables and figures are included in the main body of the paper, but if that’s not the case, the alternative is to have a dedicated section for the tables and figures. This is uncommon though, but we’ve mentioned it just in case.

The appendices : depending on the length of your paper and the specific requirements of your university, you may be required to include an appendix or a set of appendices containing supplementary information, such as data sets or evidence of some sort of fieldwork.

These core sections form the standard structure and order of a student paper using APA 7th edition. As we mentioned, not all of these sections are always required (specifically, the abstract, tables and figures section, and the appendix are less common), so be sure to check what your university expects from you before submitting.

Now that we’ve got a big-picture view, let’s look at the specific formatting requirements for each of these sections, step by step.

Generic Page Setup

Before you jump into writing up your paper, you’ll need first set up your document to align with APA 7th edition’s generic page requirements. Alternatively, you download our APA template (which comes fully preformatted) to fast-track your writing.

APA 7th edition requires a 1-inch margin on all sides of your document, for all pages. That said, if you’re writing a dissertation, thesis or any document that will ultimately be bound, your university will likely require a larger left margin to accommodate for binding.

Fonts & sizing

You’ll need to use a specific font and font size consistently throughout your student paper. The approved options for APA 7th edition are as follows:

  • Sans serif fonts: 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode
  • Serif fonts: 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, or normal (10-point) Computer Modern (the default font for LaTeX)

Within figures , you will need to use a sans serif font, typically between 8 and 12 points in size. It’s best to check with your university what their preference is in this regard. For footnotes , you can use whatever the default settings are in your word processor.

In general, all text other than headings needs to be left-aligned and should not be justified . We’ll cover the formatting of headings a little later.

Line spacing

APA 7th edition requires double line spacing throughout the document . There should also be no extra space before and after paragraphs . One exception to this rule is that text within figures or tables can utilise single or 1.5-line spacing. Again, it’s a good idea to check with your university what their specific preference is.

Running header

Last but not least, you’ll need to set up a running header for your document. This should contain the page number and should be positioned in the top right corner of all pages (including the first page). There is no need for footer content unless your university specifically requests it.

With these generic formatting considerations out of the way, let’s dive into the specific requirements for each section of your paper.

The Title Page

The title page is the shop window of your paper; it’s where you make the all-important first impression to your reader. Therefore, it’s really important to make sure your format this exactly as required for APA 7th edition.

Here’s the process you can follow to set up your title page for success.

  • Centre-align your curson and create 4 empty lines
  • On a new line, type the title of your paper in boldface, using title case
  • On a new line, type the subtitle of your paper in boldface, using title case
  • Add one blank line, then write your full name on the next line
  • On a new line, type your affiliation (your department and university or school name)
  • On a new line, type your course code and course name (match the format used by the institution)
  • On a new line, type your professor or course instructor’s name
  • On a new line, type the due date for your paper

Remember to centre align all of this text and do not use justification . If you’re unsure about how to write using title case, here’s a useful title case converter . To make it all a little more tangible, below is an example of a title page formatted according to APA 7th edition specifications.

Example of a title page in APA 7 format

The Abstract

As we mentioned earlier, an abstract is not always required for student papers, but if your university has indicated that they require one, you’ll need to follow a specific format for APA 7th edition. Here’s how you can set it up:

  • Start your abstract on a new page
  • On the first line, type “Abstract”. This should be boldface and centred
  • On a new line, write the abstract. This should be aligned flush left (no indentation) and is typically 150 – 250 words in length.
  • On a new line, type “Keywords:”. This should be indented a half inch and italicized
  • On the same line, include 3 – 5 relevant keywords. These should all be written in lowercase and should not be italicised. They should be separated by commas and there should be no period after the final keyword.

Here’s an example of an abstract page formatted according to APA 7th edition specifications.

Example of APA 7 abstract

The Main Body

Now we can move on to the important stuff – the body section of your paper. There are quite a few things you need to know about formatting this section for APA 7th edition – let’s unpack it step by step.

Initial set-up

To kick things off, insert a page break and start your main body on a new page . You can then copy and paste the title (and subtitle, if you have one) from your title page onto the first line of your body page.

With your title (and subtitle) in place, you can start your write-up on a new line . This should be left-aligned and the first line of each paragraph should have a half-inch indent . As with the rest of your paper, this section should use double-line spacing.

The first paragraph of your main body does not require a heading as it’s generally assumed that the first paragraph will be introductory in nature. For the rest of the body, you can use headings as you see fit. However, it’s important to understand the specific formatting requirements for APA headings . Here’s a quick overview:

Level 1: Centered, boldface, title case (paragraph text starts on a new line) Level 2: Flush left, boldface, title case (paragraph text starts on a new line) Level 3: Flush left, boldface, italic, title case (paragraph text starts on a new line) Level 4: Indented, boldface, title case, end the heading with a period (paragraph text starts on the same line) Level 5: Indented, boldface, italic, end the heading with a period (paragraph text starts on the same line)

It’s also important to note that headings shouldn’t be labelled with any numbers or letters. For example, “1. Potential Causes”, “2. Consequences”, etc. Instead, you can stick to purely descriptive headings.

Related to this, you should avoid using an excessing number of headings – less is more when it comes to headings. Don’t feel the need to use multiple headings or heading levels, especially for shorter papers. Just keep it simple 🙂

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Text styling and punctuation

APA 7th edition has specific requirements with regard to text styling and punctuation. Here are some of the most important requirements you’ll need to follow:

  • Use a single space (as opposed to a double space) at the end of each sentence (i.e., after the period)
  • Use an Oxford comma when listing out 3 or more items
  • Use words to write any number less than 10 , as well as when starting a sentence
  • Write out all fractions in text format (e.g., two-thirds, three-quarters, etc.)
  • Use numerals for any numbers that represent time , dates , age or money

There are a few important rules to follow in terms of language use when writing your paper using APA format. Most importantly, you’ll need to:

  • Use active voice (as opposed to passive voice) as much as possible
  • Stick to one verb tense throughout the same and adjacent paragraphs
  • Avoid using contractions , colloquial language or excessive jargon
  • Use bias-free language – you can learn more about this here

In-text citations

APA 7th edition has a very specific set of requirements regarding how to reference resources within your paper. Here are some of the most important things you need to be aware of:

Author-date system: in-text citations consist of (at a minimum) the lead author’s last name, followed by the date of publication. APA does not use numbers or footnotes to denote citations.

Types of citations: APA allows two types of in-text citations – parenthetical (non-integrative) and narrative (integrative). Parenthetical citations feature the author and date in parentheses (brackets) at the end of the respective sentence. Here’s an example:

APA 7th edition is easy to grasp if you visit the Grad Coach blog (Jansen, 2023).

Narrative citations weave the author into the flow of the sentence and only include the date in parentheses at the end of the sentence. Here’s an example:

Jansen states that APA 7th edition is easy for students to grasp if they visit the Grad Coach blog (2023).

Both of these citation formats are acceptable and, in general, it’s a good idea to utilise a mix of both in your writing.

Quotations: when quoting text verbatim from a source, you’ll need to include the page number of the original text in your citation. This number needs to be placed after the date portion of the citation, whether it’s a narrative or parenthetical citation. Here’s an example:

APA 7th edition is easy to grasp if you visit the Grad Coach blog (Jansen, 2023, p.45).

Multiple authors: when citing resources that were created by three or more authors, you only need to state the lead author’s last name, followed by “et al.”. Here’s an example:

APA 7th edition is easy to grasp if you visit the Grad Coach blog (Jansen et al., 2023).

As we mentioned, APA has an extensive set of requirements regarding how to format and structure in-text citations and references, so please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. If you’d like to learn more, you can visit the referencing section of the APA site here . Below you can find an example of a portion of body content from our free template , which demonstrates the different types of citations.

Example of APA 7 body text

The Reference List

With your body content taken care of, the next item on the agenda is the reference list. Again, APA has a notably large set of requirements regarding the content and formatting of the reference list. Nevertheless, we’ll cover the basics here to help you get started.

Basic setup

As with all sections, your reference list needs to start on a new page and should be titled “References”. The title should be boldfaced and centred . The reference list should then start on the next line. As with the rest of the document, the reference list should have double line spacing throughout.

The list itself

The reference list should comprise the following:

  • All sources cited in the body of your document should feature in the reference list. Make sure that every citation is accounted for in your reference list.
  • The references should be ordered alphabetically , according to the lead author’s last name .
  • Each entry must include (at a minimum) information regarding the author (s), publication date , the title of the article and the source (e.g., an academic journal).
  • All references should be left-aligned and should use a hanging indent – in other words, the second line of any given reference (if it has one) should be indented a half inch.

We have to stress that these are just the basics. APA 7th edition requires that all of your references must be structured and formatted in a very specific way , depending on the type of resource. For example, the content and formatting requirements for a journal article will be significantly different from that of a blog post or magazine article (you can see some examples in our template ).

Simply put, if you plan to draft your reference list manually, it’s important to consult your university’s style guide or the APA manual itself. This leads us to our next point…

In general, it is a terrible idea to try to write up your reference list manually . Given the incredibly high level of detail required, it’s highly likely that you’ll make mistakes if you try to write this section yourself. A much better solution is to use reference management software such as Mendeley or Zotero. Either of these will take care of the formatting and content for you, and they’ll do a much more accurate job of it too. Best of all, they’re both completely free.

If you’re not familiar with any sort of reference management software, be sure to check out our easy-to-follow explainer videos for both Mendeley and Zotero .

The Appendix

Last but not least, we’ve got the appendix (or appendices). The appendix is where you’ll showcase any supporting data for your student paper. This section is not always required , especially for shorter papers, so don’t worry if it sounds unfamiliar. If you’re unsure, check with your university if they require (or even allow) appendices.

If an appendix is required, here’s how you’ll set it up:

  • Start the appendix on a new page
  • Title the page “Appendix” if there is only one appendix , or “Appendix A”, “Appendix B”, etc. if there are multiple appendices . This title should be boldfaced and centred.
  • On a new line, write the title of the appendix . Again, this should be boldfaced and centred.
  • On a new line, start your appendix content . As with the body content, the first line of each paragraph should be indented.

An important point to remember is that you need to refer to your appendix within your main body section . This typically means including a line that reads something like “(see Appendix A for more information)”. In other words, your appendix should never be an orphan.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that appendices don’t typically earn marks (at least not directly). To be clear, your appendix can help support the claims you make in your body content (which would have a positive impact on its mark-earning potential), but, in most cases, markers will not award marks to the appendix content itself. If you’re unsure, check with your university what their policy is.

Example of an APA 7 formatted appendix

Wrapping Up

In this post, we’ve provided a primer covering the core requirements for student papers using APA 7th edition . To recap, we’ve looked at the following:

One last thing to point out; it might be obvious but it’s important to mention it – if your university has specified anything that contrasts what we’ve discussed here, do follow their guidance . Some universities and/or programmes will have slight variations on the standard APA requirements, and you want to make sure you follow them.

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  • Educational aspect: Apart from the template, this resource also provides a sample paper, demonstrating the correct way to use the template and implement APA style rules.
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The Microsoft APA Template is a pre-formatted document template provided by Microsoft for users to create APA style papers. It includes all the necessary elements of an APA formatted paper, such as a title page, running head, references, and other key elements.

Microsoft APA Template

  • Familiar environment: As a Microsoft product, the template is easy-to-use for those familiar with Microsoft Word, ensuring a smooth user experience.
  • Compatibility: The template is highly compatible with all versions of Microsoft Office products, ensuring it won’t encounter any odd formatting issues.
  • Completeness: The template includes every section an APA paper might require, making it a one-stop solution.
  • No in-built guide: The Microsoft APA template does not provide any specific instructions or prompts for each field, which might be challenging for those unfamiliar with the APA format.
  • Software requirement: Users need to have a Microsoft Office subscription or the software already installed on their computers to use this template.
  • Lack of additional resources: Unlike some other online resources, Microsoft does not provide additional educational resources related to APA style formatting.

5. Scribbr APA Format Template

The Scribbr APA Format Template is an easy-to-use tool that conforms to the APA 7th edition style. Scribbr, a company focused on providing students with study resources, offers this template as a part of their extensive guides on academic referencing and formatting.

Scribbr APA Format Template

  • Easy-to-use: With pre-formatted sections, the Scribbr APA Format Template is relatively easy to navigate and fill out.
  • Comprehensive support: Scribbr provides plenty of other resources on APA formatting rules, making it easy for users to find detailed explanations for specific areas.
  • Deeply edited examples: With the template comes a completed example paper that is thoroughly annotated.
  • Localization: The template is originally from a European company, so there might be some minor nuances that differ from American English language use.
  • Subscription required: Accessing the Scribbr APA Format Template requires a Scribbr account, which some users might not want to create.
  • Limited flexibility: The design is set according to precise APA guidelines, which leaves little room for individual tweaks or adjustments.

6. APA @ Conestoga Paper Template

Presented by the Conestoga College Library resources, the APA @ Conestoga Paper Template is designed to assist students in formatting papers according to APA norms. Comprehensive and user-friendly, this template comes with definitively marked sections to ensure clarity and precision in content placement.

APA @ Conestoga Paper Template

  • Comprehensive guide: The template includes areas for every element required in an APA paper, from the title page to the reference list.
  • Wide-ranging resources: Conestoga College provides multiple resources for students to assist in academic paper writing, including citation guides, formatting guides, and more.
  • Free of charge: This template is freely available to any user, irrespective of whether they are tied to the Conestoga College community or not.
  • Limitations in flexibility: The template is strictly in line with the requirements of the APA format, which might limit customization for those looking for a flexible solution.
  • Lack of examples: Unlike some other templates, this template does not come with an example paper.
  • Specificity: The guide is specifically geared towards Conestoga student needs, which may limit its usability for external audiences.

7. BibGuru APA Cover (Title) Page: Format And Templates

BibGuru’s APA Cover (Title) Page: Format And Templates is an online resource primarily designed for creating APA-compliant cover pages. BibGuru, as an academic tool, offers this template to assist users in creating professional-looking cover pages for their academic papers following the APA format.

BibGuru APA Cover (Title) Page: Format And Templates

  • Specialization: The template focuses solely on the APA title page, providing clearly profitable detailed guidance for this specific aspect of APA formatting.
  • User-friendly: The resource is easy to navigate, and with the template, a perfect APA title page can be quickly set up.
  • Complementary tool: BibGuru also offers an efficient citation generator, which can be beneficial for users who want to handle references and citations appropriately.
  • Niche focus: BibGuru’s APA Cover (Title) Page: Format And Templates might not be ideal for users looking for a more comprehensive APA paper template, as it only covers the title page.
  • Separation from main paper: Having a separately created title page might create issues with integrating it into the main paper.
  • Necessity for additional resources: Users will need to turn to other resources for help with the rest of their paper, as this template does not provide assistance beyond the title page.


LOVE YOUR DISSERTATION, a platform dedicated to helping doctoral students with their dissertations, offers APA-Word Templates specifically tailored for dissertations and theses. The templates ensure students maintain the formatting requirements stipulated by the APA style while writing their academic papers.


  • Specialized design: Given its purpose, this template is great for long, complex papers such as dissertations and theses.
  • Supportive platform: The Love Your Dissertation platform offers extensive support and resources for the dissertation-writing process, making it a holistic solution for doctoral students.
  • Inclusion of APA levels: The template incorporates the 5-level heading structure of APA, simplifying the structuring of complex papers.
  • Niche audience: The APA-Word Templates by Love Your Dissertation are specially made for dissertations and advanced academic writing, and might not appeal to those writing less complex documents.
  • Initial complexity: The template may seem quite complex for beginners due to its detailed structure, potentially creating an initial learning curve.
  • Premium service: The templates are available as part of a paid service, which might be a limitation for users looking for a free resource.

9. Template.Net APA Format Templates

Template.Net offers APA Format Templates as part of its broad selection of professional templates for various purposes. These templates are preformatted to adhere to APA guidelines, helping users prepare their academic papers in a time-efficient manner.

Template.Net APA Format Templates

  • Variety of templates: Template.Net provides a variety of APA templates designed for various paper lengths and complexity levels, giving users the flexibility to choose the format most suitable for their needs.
  • Ease of use: The templates are easy to navigate with clear sections for different components of an APA paper.
  • Professional design: The APA Format Templates are professionally designed, lending a highly finished aesthetic aspect to the user’s paper.
  • Premium access: While free templates are available, some detailed templates require a premium subscription, which may deter some users.
  • Lack of connective resources: Template.Net is primarily a platform for templates of all sorts and, as such, does not offer educational resources or detailed guides about APA formatting.
  • Sign up requirement: Accessing the APA Format Templates requires users to sign up to Template.Net, which some users may prefer not to do.

10. OffiDocs APA Style Paper Template

The OffiDocs APA Style Paper Template is a free, convenient tool for creating papers in the APA style. OffiDocs, known for its online suite of office productivity apps, offers this template to facilitate the accurate formatting of academic and professional papers according to APA guidelines.

OffiDocs APA Style Paper Template

  • Accessible: The template is freely available and can be accessed without any paid subscription or signup.
  • Cloud-based service: Being a part of OffiDocs online office apps, the template can be used online without the need to download anything.
  • Customizable: While the template maintains the structure and formatting consistent with APA guidelines, it also allows for custom changes according to user preference.
  • Basic design: The template provides basic APA formatting but lacks the detailed inferences or guidelines provided by some other resources.
  • No additional APA resources: OffiDocs does not provide additional guidance on APA formatting or citation practices beyond the template.
  • Dependency on internet: As the template is cloud-based, reliable internet access is necessary to always work with the template, which may be restrictive in some cases.

11. WPS Best APA Templates Word

The WPS Best APA Templates for Word is a resource provided by Kingsoft’s WPS Office, a suite of office productivity software. Certainly worthy of consideration, these templates are designed to cater to the needs of users looking to create academic or research papers in line with the APA formatting norms.

WPS Best APA Templates Word

  • Easily accessible: The templates can be readily accessed and used within the WPS Office Word application, making it convenient for regular users of this software.
  • Variety: The website offers a collection of the best APA templates, providing users a range of options to choose from based on their specific needs.
  • Software integration: WPS Office is a complete office suite, which means users can benefit from additional built-in resources such as spell check and grammar tools.
  • Software requirement: To access and use the templates, users need to have the WPS Office software installed on their device.
  • Usage limitations: While there are several templates available, some of them can be accessed only by premium subscribers.
  • Diverse source: As WPS Office is not specifically tailored for academic writing, users may need to refer to other resources for comprehensive APA style rules.

12. PaperTrue APA Title Page Format Simplified | Examples + Free Template

PaperTrue, a professional editing and proofreading service, provides the APA Title Page Format Simplified resource as part of its blog. It’s essentially a tool that aids in the crafting of clean, professional, and APA-guideline-conformant title pages for academic papers.

PaperTrue APA Title Page Format Simplified | Examples + Free Template

  • Simplified guide: The template is designed in a simplified manner, making it an excellent choice for beginners or those seeking easy-to-follow instructions.
  • Included examples: The resource is complemented by examples showing how each component of the title page should look, further aiding understanding of the format.
  • Added resources: As part of the PaperTrue blog, the template comes along with many useful posts about academic writing, editing, and proofreading.
  • Limited scope: This is a title-page-only template, and users would need other resources to format the rest of the paper following APA guidelines.
  • Niche focus: As this template focuses only on the APA title page format, it might not be useful for those searching for a comprehensive solution.
  • Needs integration: Since it’s created separately, it may need to be manually integrated into your entire document, which might result in formatting inconsistencies.

13. Summary

13.1 overall comparison table, 13.2 recommended template site based on various needs.

Based on the examined factors and considerations, the template site to make use of largely depends on the user’s specific needs. Those looking for a basic, easy-to-use resource can opt for Microsoft’s templates. For comprehensive academic papers, like theses or dissertations, LOVE YOUR DISSERTATION caters specifically to such needs. Users preferring online cloud-based solutions will find OffiDocs suitable, while those needing a specialized title-page format can opt for BibGuru’s or PaperTrue’s offerings. Each resource has unique offerings targeting different user requirements, ensuring variety and suitable solutions for various needs.

14. Conclusion

14.1 final thoughts and takeaways for choosing a word apa format template site.

Choosing the right Word APA Format Template Site is contingent upon understanding one’s needs and level of familiarity with the APA format. These resources vary in the amount of detail they provide, the types of papers they cater to, pricing, and whether they offer additional resources such as citation generators or detailed guides. Users should also take into account if the template is formatted strictly according to APA guidelines or is modifiable to suit individual needs. Finally, user experience and customer support can further influence the choice, especially for beginners or those planning to lean heavily on the resource. Choosing a suitable Word APA Format Template can significantly streamline academic writing, thereby enhancing productivity and the quality of the end product.

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