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Early Childhood Education: Writing and Citation Guide

Writing Assistance

Are you asking, "What is an in-text citation?" Or, are you wondering how to make a list of the sources you are using for a paper? We have you covered! These basic resources will answer those questions. Our library staff and tutors are available to assist as well. Tutors can review a paper for you once you have a rough draft, or assist you before that as you gather ideas and start your research. For library assistance in person, go to your local Ivy Tech campus. For online support, click the Support tab on the right-hand side of this page. For tutoring, look for the Campus Tutoring Services box on MyIvy or go to the tutoring center at your local campus. 

APA 7th Edition Overview

General APA Guidelines

Your essay should be typed and double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11"), with 1" margins on all sides.  Include a page header (also known as the “running head”) at the top of every page. For a professional paper, this includes your paper title and the page number. For a student paper, this only includes the page number. To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left using all capital letters. The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.


The 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual requires that the chosen font be accessible (i.e., legible) to all readers and that it be used consistently throughout the paper. It acknowledges that many font choices are legitimate, and it advises writers to check with their publishers, instructors, or institutions for guidance in cases of uncertainty.

While the APA Manual does not specify a single font or set of  fonts for professional writing, it does recommend a few fonts that are widely available. These include sans serif fonts such as 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, and 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode as well as serif fonts such as 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, 10-point Computer Modern.

APA 7th Edition

APA Style of Citation
APA Style Guide: A Guide to Documentation and Formatting in APA