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Running heads in APA Style: How can I create them in MS Word 2010?
APA Style's rules about running heads
The best source for information about APA Style is APA itself.
- Their APA Style blog includes a post discussing running heads, which says: The running head (along with the page numbers) appears in the header of every page (the header by nature is situated within the top margin of your paper; all the margins themselves should be set to 1 inch). Type it in all capital letters, make sure it is no longer than 50 characters (including spaces), and left justify it. Then add your page numbers, right justified.
- On the first page only, the running head is also preceded by the words Running head and a colon. On all other pages, just the running head itself and the page number appear, without the words Running head:
- APA also has an example showing how the running head should appear on the title page and subsequent pages: http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.pdf
- Instructions for creating running heads in MS Word 2010: Video (78 seconds, no sound) showing the process: http://screencast.com/t/E1Ymwo3gF
Step by step instructions:
- Begin after you have typed at least the title page and the first few pages of your paper.
- Click the insert tab
- Click the header button
- Check the "different first page" box
- Click inside the first page's header
- Click the page number button
- Hover over the "top of page" entry and click the "plain number 3" option
- Type Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
- Click the "insert alignment tab" button
- Make the following selections in the dialog box that appears: right, margin, and no leader.
- Click OK
- Scroll down to the header section of the next page and click inside that page's header
- repeat steps 6-11, except in step 8 only type TITLE OF YOUR PAPER