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APA Style 7th Edition

MGH IHP's guide to APA Style 7th Edition

Title Page

Include affiliation (e.g., university name), course name, instructor, and due date. The title page is placed in the center, closer towards the top of the page, and one space is placed in between the title and the corresponding names/information. 

Basic Format


Due date

Page Header

Do not use a running head or author note for student papers. Only professional papers will use a running head and author note. When using a running head, do not insert the term "Running head" on the title page. The title itself is enough. 

Font Type

A variety of font choices are permitted in APA style, such as a sans serif font (e.g., 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode) or a serif font (e.g., 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, or normal (10-point) Computer Modern. APA 6 only allowed 12-point Times New Roman.

Line Spacing

Only add one space after periods. 

If a heading falls on the last line of a page (i.e. widow or orphan headings), it is not necessary to add blank lines before or after the headings. 

Heading Levels

Heading Level


*Level 1 heading

Centered, Bold, Title Case Heading

Test begins indented as a new paragraph. 

*Level 2 heading

Flush Left, Bold, Title Case Heading

Text begins indented as a new paragraph.

Level 3 heading Flush Left, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading (vs. Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.)
Text begins as a new paragraph.
Level 4 heading Indented, Bold, Title Case Heading, Ending With a Period. (vs. Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.) Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph.
Level 5 heading Indented, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading, Ending With a Period. (vs. Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.) Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph.

*Rules for heading levels 1 and 2 remain the same as APA 6.


Tables are ways to display numerical or textual information with columns and rows. 

Basic Format

Table #

Table Title 

Sample Table

Note. Information relating to the table. 



Table 1

Sample Tables with Additional Column to Include Standard Deviation of T-values Veteran Teacher Comparison to Traditionally Licensed New Teachers ​

Sample table showing standard deviation of T values for veteran and new teachers

Note. Adapted from “Evaluating the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's Report Card on the Value-Added Estimates of Teacher Preparation Programs,” by C. Gulosino, 2018, Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26. Copyright 2018 by Arizona State University.


Figures can be charts, graphs, photographs, drawings, or other illustrations. Figures should be centered and displayed in clear resolution. 

Basic Format

Figure #


*Insert figure here*

Note. Information relating to figure.



Figure 1

The Person and Environment Influence Occupational Performance, which Enables Participation and Well-Being in Everyday Life

Sample figure showing the PEOP model of everyday living.

Note. Adapted from “The Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) Model,” by C. M. Baum, C. H. Christiansen, & J. D. Bass, 2015, Survey of Ophthalmology, 63, Occupational therapy: Performance, participation, and well-being (4th ed., pp. 47-55). Copyright 2015 by SLACK Incorporated.