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APA 6 vs. APA 7: Major Changes: Format and Mechanic

Major Changes

Format and Mechanic APA 6 APA 7





12 pt. Time New Roman Recommended fonts
  • 11 pt. Arial
  • 11 pt. Calibri
  • 10 pt. Computer Modern 
  • 11 pt. Georgia
  • 10 pt. Lucida Sans Unicode
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman






APA Six Heading Level One

APA Six Heading Level Two

       APA Six heading level three.

       APA Six heading level four.

       APA Six heading level five.


  • Level 1 is centered and level 2 flushes left.
  • Level 1 and 2 follow title case but level 3, 4, and 5 follow sentence case.
  • Level 3, 4, and 5 are indented and end with a period. 
  • Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all boldfaced, but level 5. 

APA Seven Heading Level One

       Text starts a new paragraph.

APA Seven Heading Level Two

       Text starts a new paragraph.

APA Seven Heading Level Three

       Text starts a new paragraph.

       APA Seven Heading Level Four. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph.

       APA Seven Heading Level Five. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph. 


  • All headings follow title case and are boldfaced.
  • Level 2 and 3 flush left, but 4 and 5 remain indented.
  • Level 3 and 5 are italicized. 



Use italics to highlight a letter, word, phrase, or sentence as a linguistic example.

Could they be used as a singular form? 

Use double quotation marks 

In APA 7, “they” can be used as a singular form.

After a Period

2 spaces 1 space
Number Numbers in the abstract use numerals. Numbers in the abstract follow general APA number rules.
Spelling Preference e-mail, e-reader, Internet, and web page email, ereader, internet, and webpage

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