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What is a running head in APA Style?

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2016  |  1400 Views

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The running head appears in the top left corner of every page in the header. In a posting on the APA Style Blog, one of the APA's style experts explained the formatting of the running head: 

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:. (Lee, 2010, para. 3-4)

Please refer to the first two pages of the APA Help Guide for examples of running heads. Please also see "Aligning the running head and page numbers". For further explanation on running heads, please see "Mysteries of the Running Head Explained" in the APA Style Blog.


Lee, C. (2010, November 11). Running head format for APA style papers [Blog post]. Retrieved from 

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