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How do I format the running head for my APA essay?

Using Word (Windows version)
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2017  |  343 Views

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APA referencing style requires you to provide a running head in your essays. 

The title page Header should look like this:

Running head:  TITLE OF YOUR PAPER

Please follow the steps below to add a running head to your Word document:

  1. Double click into the Header space in your document to open the editing function.
  2. Type your essay title in capitals (this should be a shortened version of your full essay title, generally up to 50 characters long)
  3. Using the Tab key on the keyboard, tab along to the right hand position in the margin.
  4. In the Header toolbar you will see the Page Number icon. Click the small dropdown arrow beside it and choose Current Position.  Choose the Plain Number format.  This will insert the page number.
  5. Double click in the body of the page to come out of the Header space.
  6. Place your cursor below the text on your title page.
  7. Click on the Page Layout tab in the toolbar, click on the dropdown arrow beside Breaks (in the Page Setup block) and choose Next Page under Section Breaks.
  8. Your curser wll be blinking on page 2.  Double click to open the Header in that page.  Click the Link to Previous icon in the Navigation block to cancel the link to the previous section (it will change from blue to plain)
  9. Go back to page 1, double click in the Header, and type the words Running head: (not capitalised) in front of your essay title.  When you double click out of the header, the Title page will be set with the words Running head: TITLE, and the following pages will just contain TITLE in the header.

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