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Turnitin & Plagiarism: Formatting a Paper,Thesis, or Dissertation

APA Manual

APA Formatting Help

Basic format rules for APA papers

  • APA preferred typeface and font: Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • One-inch margins. Indent first word of each paragraph 5 spaces (one-half inch) from left margin.
  • Double-space throughout.
  • References page: The word References should be centered.  Double-space all entries.  Use a hanging indent (first line flush left and subsequent lines are indented).
  • For guidelines and sample papers go to the Purdue University Owl (Online Writing Lab) website.
    View  a Sample Paper /  Formatting Help from OWL (Purdue Univeristy)

Master's Thesis APA Formatting in 30 minutes - FLAT!

This exercise will take you step-by-step through the mechanices of formatting your manuscript so that it conforms to the APA 6th edition and also the NNU Guidelines required for submitting a dissertation or master's thesis for publication to your program and to the NNU Library for publication. 

1. Download the Dummy doc and open in Word.

2. Open up the APA Formatting exercise in another window and/or watch the video tutorials.  Follow these instructions carefully and apply each step to the "Dummy Doc" that you have opened in Word.  Each heading in the exercise is also a link to the animated tutorial demonstrating exactly how to do each step.  Follow these instructions in the order given and you will be on your way! 

All of these video tutorials are based on Microsoft Office Word 2010 for PC

Modifying the document layout (changing margins, font, alignment of title page)

Inserting manual page breaks and section breaks (title,abstract, table of contents, and body)

Inserting page numbers in the footer (switching from Roman to Arabic, or no page numbers)

Creating reusable styles to conform to APA Heading types

Formatting entire document for APA style

Inserting citations and creating reference /bibliography page 

Creating table of contents (so that page numbers align)

Saving as a template for future use