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This is a video guide to formatting the title and first pages of a basic APA-style document and is, to the best of our knowledge, up to date as of August 2011. Enjoy!

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APA Format Setup in Word 2010 UPDATED
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  • Learn what style guide is commonly used in your discipline or field.
  • Learn to use the style guide as a reference tool for formatting citations for specific types of sources.
  • Learn to use the style guide to structure your own writing.
  • The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers gives detailed advice and examples, with useful sections on citing non-print sources such as films, paintings, sound recordings, and Internet sources. See also the MLA website for recommendations on details of referring to non-print sources.
  • See also the Chicago style section of the University of Auckland's interactive guide on formatting.
  • See the APA Frequently-Asked Questions page for further advice on APA requirements. 
  • The system worked out by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is often used in Computer Science and Engineering. Consult the handy IEEE Citation Style Guide.

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APA paper format template
This template from Microsoft for MSWord 2003 or later "provides a framework to correctly format your writing in the APA format; includes example text and instructions."

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Downloadable template from Microsoft for MSWord: "change the editable fields and follow the MLA guidelines within the text."

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