APA Research Essay: Formatting & Organization

Essay Spacing

Academic essays must be double-spaced.  There are no extra spaces between the paragraphs. 

How to Double Space an Academic Essay

Click the “No Spacing” button (B) under the “Home” tab (A).  Next, click the spacing button under the “Home” tab (C), and then click the “2.0” option (D) from the spacing drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7How to Double Space an Academic Essay

Essay Paragraphs

Each paragraph must be indented by 0.5 inches (0.5”). 

How to Indent Paragraphs in an Essay

To indent a paragraph by 0.5”, press the “Tab” button once on your computer keyboard.  See Figure 8 for an example.

Figure 8Example of Indented Paragraph Format for Essays

Essay Parts & Order

A research essay written in APA format must contain mandatory components: title page, essay, and a references page.  Unless you have been instructed otherwise by your professor, organize your essay in the order outlined in Figure 9.

Figure 9 – APA Essay Order