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APA Style Guide 7th Edition

Headings 

There are five levels of headings you can use in APA format. One to three is the average number of headings used. 

Level  Format 
1

Centered, Bold, Capitalize All Major Words 

     Text begins as a new paragraph. 

2

Flush Left, Bold, Capitalize All Major Words 

     Text begins as a new paragraph.

3

Flush Left, Bold, Italic, Capitalize All Major Words 

     Text begins as a new paragraph.

4

     Indented, Bold, Capitalize All Major Words Ending in a Period. Text begins on the
same line and continues as regular paragraph. 

5      Indented, Bold, Italic, Capitalize All Major Words Ending in a PeriodText begins on the same line and continues as regular paragraph.

Example 

Image of headings as they appear in paper