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APA Headings

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.

LevelFormat
1Centered, boldface, first letter in Uppercase.
2Flush left, boldface, first letter in Uppercase.
3Indented, boldface, begin with first letter in Uppercase and end the title with a period. Text continues on the same line.
4Indented, boldface, italicized, begin with first letter in Uppercase and end the title with a period. Text continues on the same line.
5Indented, 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, 12:18 am

    Great. Exactly what I was looking for.

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