how to write an essay in apa format

Use white 8 ½ x 11” paper.
Make 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides
The first word in every paragraph should be indented one half inch.

APA recommends using Times New Roman font, size 12.
Double space the entire research paper

Include a page header known as the “running head” at the top of every page. (To make this process easier, set your word processor to automatically add these components onto each page)
To create the running head/page header, insert page numbers justified to the right-hand side of the paper (do not put p. or pg. in front of page numbers)
Then type “TITLE OF YOUR PAPER” justified to the left using all capital letters
If your title is long, this running head title should be a shortened version of the title of your entire paper