APA Essay: A Template for Student Use
This template will assist students when writing essays following the APA style format. All margins and headings have been formatted according to guidelines found in Fit to Print. To use the template, highlight the text and replace with your information. All pages are numbered, including the title page.
Indent paragraphs 1.3 cm. or 5 spaces.
Short quotations (under 40 words) should be enclosed in quotation marks in the body of the essay. “The two kinds of violence against women, male-to-female and female-to-female, have their origins in the same belief systems” (Artz, 1998, p.204). Quotations that are longer than four lines should be indented a further 1.3 cm. or 5 spaces on the left-hand side. Do not enclose them in quotation marks. The following is an example:
This hierarchy is epistemic. That is to say, there is a reductionism according to which the principles of sciences higher up in the hierarchy, may be deduced from those lower. As we shall see, scientific argument is demonstrative (deductive) and is couched in terms of cause and effect. Cause and effect themselves operate only through motion. These are the most general principles of Hobbes’s philosophy. Thus the foundation of science is to be found in the most universal treatment of the simplest bodies of which others are composed. This foundational science is, according to Hobbes, geometry (Jones, 1999, pp.75-76).
The essay should be typed using an easy to read font such as Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial. It should be typed in 12 pt. font size. To check the layout of the essay before printing, go to File: Print Preview.