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APA Style Guide: Title Page

Title Page

The title page should include the title of your paper (both the long title and a running header), the author’s name (that’s you!) and institution, as well as the course, instructor, and date.



The primary goal of a title should be to summarize the main idea(s) of your paper simply and clearly. The recommended length for a title is up to 12 words. The title should be positioned in the upper half of the page and centered. The title should be typed in 12-point Times font. Do not bold, underline, or italicize the title.

Also include a running header (a short title of your paper) on the title page. Type as: ‘Running head: TITLE IN ALL CAPS.’ See example in our sample paper.


Author Information

Include your first name, middle initial(s), and last name. Omit all titles (e.g. Dr., Professor) and degrees (e.g. MA, PhD, EdD), if applicable.

Center and double space your name and the name of your college, university, or institution.


Course Information

Center and double space the course title and number, the instructor, and the date