APA Headings

by Stephen on February 16, 2012 · 1 comment

in APA Format

Headings are section titles in your research paper. In APA, you can have up to 5 levels of headings. Every heading level must contain at least two listings; otherwise, incorporate the material into the heading above that level. In other words, you cannot have just one subheading under “Findings”; you must have at least two.

Level Format
1 Centered, boldface, first letter in Uppercase.
2 Flush left, boldface, first letter in Uppercase.
3 Indented, boldface, begin with first letter in Uppercase and end the title with a period. Text continues on the same line.
4 Indented, boldface, italicized, begin with first letter in Uppercase and end the title with a period. Text continues on the same line.
5 Indented, italicized, begin with first letter in Uppercase and end the title with a period. Text continues on the same line.

Sample APA Headings:

Sample APA Headings: 2 levels (Tip: omit level 2 and you get a paper with one level)

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Sample APA Headings -- Two Levels

Sample APA Headings: 3 levels

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Sample APA Headings -- Three Levels

Sample APA Headings: 4 levels (Tips: level 5 is the same as level 4 but without boldface)

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Sample APA Headings -- Four Levels

References:

– Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
– Saginaw Valley State University, Writing and Research Center handouts

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Ensuma March 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

Great. Exactly what I was looking for.

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