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- Use 1-inch margins for the entire document.
- Use a 1/2-inch indent for every paragraph and footnote.
- Indent block quotations 1/2-inch from the left margin.
- Use 12-point Times New Roman typeface.
- Do not justify the text or use hyphenation.
- Double-space the text, title, headings, footnotes, quotations, references and captions.
- Leave only one space after all periods, commas, colons, and semicolons.
- Use Oxford commas.
Page Header (Running Head)
- Include a running head on every page.
- Page number should be flush right.
- Type the entire title in capital letters. Title should be flush left.
- Shorten the title if necessary. It cannot exceed 50 characters.
- The words "Running head" only appear on title page and are followed by a colon
- Title should not include abbreviations or exceed 12 words.
- Title should be typed using upper and lower case letters.
- Center the title and position in the upper half of the page.
- The student's name is centered directly under the title.
- Center "Pacific Oaks College" directly under the student's name.
- Your professor may require an author note or modifications of the title page.
- Author notes are not required for dissertations and theses.
Body of Paper
- Begins on a new page.
- Remove the words "Running head" from the running head.
- Type the title of the manuscript in upper and lower case letters, centered, at the top of the page.
- Use header levels as needed.
- Use in-text citations for every idea or fact taken from a source (e.g., article, book, web page).
References (Reference List)
- Begins on new page.
- The word "References" (without quotation marks) should be centered at the top of the page.
- Double-space all reference entries with no extra space between citations.
- Use a hanging indent for reference The first line of each reference citation is flush with the left margin while subsequent lines are indented a 1/2 inch.
- Begin each appendix on a new page.
- Center the word Appendix and the identifying capital letter (A, B, etc.) at the top of the page.
- Center the title of the appendix, and use upper and lower case letters.
- Begin the text of the appendix flush left, followed by indented paragraphs.
Adapted from American Psychological Association (2010) Publication manual (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association
References provide bibliographic information for sources used, thereby allowing readers to identify and locate them. To format the page:
- Begin the list on a new page at the end of your paper
- Use 1" margins
- Include the running dead
- Center the References title
- List sources alphabetically
- Double space within and between entries
- Indent entries longer than one line by a 1/2"