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APA Guide

Using Headings to Organize Content

One of the goals of the APA Style is to present information in a clear, concise, and logical manner.  One way to achieve this is by organizing content through the use of Headings.  APA utilized five levels of headings within the text of the paper*:

Level of Heading Format
1. Centered and Bolded, Title Capitalization
2. Bolded and Aligned Left, Title Capitalization
3.          Indented and bolded, sentence capitalization, end with period.
4.          Indented and bolded, italicized, sentence capitalization, end with period.
5.          Indented, italicized, sentence capitalization, end with period.

* The title of the paper is not considered a heading.  According to APA style rules, the title appears at the beginning of the paper, is centered and uses title capitalization.

Example of level 1 and level 2 headings in an APA paper (taken from the APA Sample Paper):