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PSAP (LSEHD) Doctoral Students Library Guide


Formatting Basics

Some Basics

When you type your paper make sure that you:

  • Use Times New Roman or Courier as your typeface style.
  • Your font should be 12pt.
  • Double-space throughout your paper.
  • Have a 1 inch margin.
  • Put page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page.

Your Title Page

APA Style requires that you have a title page for your papers. On your title page, make sure to include:

  • A "running head;" this is a shorter version of your title that will appear on the upper left hand corner of the page.
  • The title of your paper.
  • Your name.
  • Your institution (Boston College).
  • The page number on the upper right hand corner of the page.


APA Style requires the use of headings in your paper. Headings reveal your paper's organization and separate the sections within your paper.

  • In most cases, you will be using two levels of headings.
  • The main headings will be centered and in boldface type.
  • Your subheadings will be aligned to the left and also in boldface type.
  • Your introduction section does not need a heading.

APA & Microsoft Word