How To Write a Cover Page in APA Style

APA stands for American Psychological Association and is a style that was first introduced in 1929. It is a style that is strictly followed when you are asked to write a term paper, research, or report about psychology and social sciences. If you were asked to write a cover page in APA style, would you know how? Well, help is right here! Here’s how!

  • List down and expand the following major elements. Think of this as similar to a book’s table of contents but while a book’s table of contents refer to a progression of events or situations, your elements will thus state:
    • The title of your article
    • The name of the author/s
    • The relevant school and institutional affiliation/s
    • The author’s notes
    • A series of running heads
    • Chronologically-arranged page numbers
    • Other minimum elements a.k.a. format
  • Pick your title. You have to pick a category that will best depict or encapsulate the contents of your presentation. These categories are: Specific and General. The former category is the one most preferred by APA style practitioners because it is direct and concise. You can achieve this by looking at your material and figuring out the major elements that will drive you to come up with just that. Remember that the more specific the title, the more it will be appreciated by your reader. Use upper and lower case combination for the title.
  • Expand the following elements. These are:
    • Running head. A running head is a brief title on top of your cover page. This is positioned flush left of the cover page (and appears thereafter on each page) and should be exactly 50 characters long punctuation and spacing included. Furthermore, the running head title should also be in capital letters only. Thus, “Running Head: TITLE.”
    • Pagination. Even your cover page must have a page number typed in and located on the upper right hand corner of the cover page.
    • Alignment. The introduction or the initial line of the title on the cover page must always be left aligned.
    • Author’s details. If you’re writing this paper, your name as the author should be below the title followed by the name of your school and institutional affiliation. These details should be double-spaced and positioned at the center of your cover page. Use upper and lower case combinations to write the author’s name.
    • Author’s notes. Anything referring to funding, references, acknowledgments, and mailing address fall under this element.
  • Adhere to a format. Here’s what you need to know.
    • Apply one inch margins from top to bottom and left to right of your cover page.
    • Font should be Times New Roman (TNR) with font size 12.
    • Use only one space between words and punctuations in one sentence but type two spaces in between sentences or at the end a punctuation mark that ends a sentence.
    • The beginning of each paragraph must be seven spaces from the left margin of the cover page.

This is how you create a cover page in the APA style. If you’re wondering what follows when you’ve completed the cover page, well, this is just the tip of the iceberg. In writing following the APA style, you also need to complete these:

  • Abstract
  • Body
  • References
  • Footnotes
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Appendixes
These guidelines will help you create a cover page using the aforementioned style.


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