APA Heads and Pagination

APA requires a running head at the top of each page. (Note: APA 7 no longer requires the running head for students.) On the first page of the essay (the cover page) the running head begins with the words "Running Head:" followed by the actual running head. The running head is a shortened version of the title of the essay. It has to be shortened enough to fit on one line.

All the other pages in the essay have the running head, without the words "Running Head:".

Document Format

The way to have a different running head on the first page is to use the Document... option in the Format menu. You should do this before creating your running heads. If you have already created a running head, when you choose this option, the first page runniing head will be blank. It gets complicated, but not impossible to fix. So, before you create your running head, set up the document option as "Different first page." After you do this, you can create your running head on the cover, followed by the running head on the second page, which will be automatically repeated on every other page of the document.

Before you create your running head, set up the document option as "Different first page."
Page Numbering

Sometimes a thesis requires a different page numbering system on the first few pages of a document. A thesis may have: cover page, abstract, acknowledgments, table of contents, table of figures, and then the first page. Set up the document as stated with "Different first page." Then create your page numbers using roman numerals. After the table of figures, insert a section break, and use the option "From this point forward."

Section Break

Then you will need to create a new running head matching the head on page 2, but when you insert page numbers, do not select "Continue from previous section"; instead choose "Start at" and put a 1 into the box, to start a new numbering sequence.


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