Certain features require a modern browser to function.
Please use a different browser, like Firefox, Chrome, or Safari

APA headings & header

0
(0)

Create Citations for Free

Headings

Headings provide the reader with some insight into the content being discussed under them. Therefore, they should be properly created. The following sections describe different levels of headings, how they are formatted, and the rules to be followed while creating the hierarchy of headings.

Levels of headings

Five levels of headings are used in APA style, although it is not compulsory to use all five levels in a paper. Headings of equal weightage are assigned the same level. In general, the first paragraph of a paper is considered to be the introduction; therefore, no separate heading called “Introduction” is used. If there are subheadings in the introduction text, you should style them as Level 2 headings.

Level 1 heading

Each main heading in a paper is designated as Level 1. Any subheading within a Level 1 heading is styled as a Level 2 heading.

Case: Title case

Format: Bold

Alignment: Centered

Example:

Chronic Inflammatory Lesions of the Placenta

Level 2 heading

This is the first subheading of a Level 1 heading. There can be one or more Level 2 headings under a Level 1 heading. However, do not use a Level 3 heading directly under a Level 1 heading.

Case: Title case

Format: Bold

Alignment: Flush left

Example:

Chronic Villitis (Including CVUE and Basal CV)

Level 3 heading

This is the subheading of a Level 2 heading. There can be one or more Level 3 headings under a Level 2 heading.

Case: Title case

Format: Bold italic

Alignment: Flush left

Example:

Intervillous Thrombus with Hematoma

Level 4 heading

This is the subheading of a Level 3 heading. There can be one or more Level 4 headings under a Level 3 heading. The heading ends with a period. Begin the text on the same line following the period.

Case: Title case

Format: Bold

Alignment: Indented

Example:

Consequences of the Disease.

Level 5 heading

This is the subheading of a Level 4 heading. There can be one or more Level 5 headings under a Level 4 heading. The heading ends with a period. Begin the text on the same line following the period.

Case: Title case

Format: Bold italic

Alignment: Indented

Example:

Severe Cases.

Overview

Here are all of the heading formats:

Chronic Inflammatory Lesions of the Placenta (Heading 1)

Chronic Villitis (Including CVUE and Basal CV) (Heading 2)

Intervillous Thrombus with Hematoma (Heading 3)

Consequences of the Disease. (Heading 4)

Severe Cases. (Heading 5)

Headers & Running head

The header section constitutes the title of the paper and the page number. They are set on all pages of the paper. In APA, what is in your header depends on whether you are writing a student paper (paper for a course or assignment) or an professional paper (usually meant for publication).

  • Student paper: page number only
  • Professional paper: running head (running title and page number)

Running title

The title is in all caps and left-aligned. In running heads, the number of characters of the title should not exceed 50 characters. If the title of your paper is very long, you must use a shortened title for the running head.

Page number

The page number is aligned to the right margin. The page number of your paper is numbered with Arabic numerals.


How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?