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APA for Word Online

First Page Header

APA requires that you place "Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the left-hand corner of your paper and the page number in the right. Here's how to do this in Word Online:

1. First go to the "Insert" tab. Select the "Header & Footer" tab.

2. Once the "Header & Footer" tab is opened, select the "Options" tab on the right and choose “Different First Page”. APA requires the first page header to be slightly different than subsequent pages.


3. Type "Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the left-hand box. Be sure to adjust the cell to fit your entire title. Type "1" in the right-hand box.


4. Because we selected "Different First Page," we will need to add our header again on the "Other Pages". On the "Other Pages" tab, hover over "Page Numbers" to add page numbers in the upper right-hand corner. 


5. Once pages numbers are added, we can type our paper title on the left-hand box. Note: Do not include "Running head" on "Other pages". When finished, we can click anywhere outside of the header to move on to the next step. Note: header will not be visible on page. 

Cover Page

The cover page of an APA formatted document includes the following information:

  1. Full title of your paper
  2. Your name
  3. Your institutional affiliation (i.e., Carteret Community College)

Begin by hitting the enter key four to six times or until you’re about a third of the way down the page. Your cover page must be centered, so select the center option.

First type in your paper’s title and hit enter. Now type in your own name and hit enter. Finally, type in: Carteret Community College. Once you have your three lines of text, select "Insert" and add a "Page Break".