The APA format for heading a research paper provides five levels of headings. Headings are used to separate the sections of the paper, and they always present in the same order. The title page of a research paper also has a specific heading format.
- Use level 1 for the main sections of the research paper
Type the main sections of your research paper using centered, boldfaced text with upper and lowercase letters.
- Use level 2 for subsections
Align the subsections to the left side using boldfaced text with upper and lowercase letters. Start body text in the next line.
- Use level 3 for subsections of subsections
Indent the heading using boldfaced, lowercase letters, and end it with a period. Begin the body text after the period.
- Use level 4 for third subsections
Additional subsections are boldfaced and italicized, with a lowercase heading that ends with a period. Indent the heading. Begin the body text after the period.
- Use level 5 for fourth subsections
The fourth subsections are indented. Use an italicized heading with lowercase letters. Begin the body text after the period.
- Make the title page
Type a "running head" in the top left corner of the title page in uppercase letters. In the center of the title page, type the title of your research paper in upper and lowercase letters. Type your name directly under the title in the same style followed by your educational affiliation directly under your name in the same style.