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Geography Library Guide: APA example

Research Guidance

Formatting Rules

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) states the following formatting rules:

  • The text and the reference list should be double-spaced.
  • Numbering starts on the title page, at the top right of the page.
  • Reference list entries must have a hanging indent (to do this in Microsoft Word 2003, click Format, then Paragraph, then Special, and choose Hanging).
  • There should be 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins all around (top, bottom, left, and right) on each page.

APA example

Sample Page: APA-formatted annotated bibliography

The example below is based on the APA style guide, but your instructor may give you other formatting instructions. Always follow your professor's instructions!