Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2017     Views: 2923

The text in your essay should be left-aligned, which means that each line of a paragraph begins at the left margin and the text at the right margin will be uneven (American Psychological Assocation, 2010, p. 229). The first line of each new paragraph should be indented by one tab space, which should be set to a half-inch or 1.27 cms (p. 229). To set up an automatic first line indent, use the appropriate path for your version of Microsoft Word to access the Paragraph formatting options, and under "Indentation", choose “First line” under "Special" and set the indent under "By" to 0.5" or 1.27 cm. 

First line indent

Unless you have been directed otherwise by your program, all text in the essay should be double-spaced (p. 229), and no extra space (aside from the double-spacing) should be inserted between paragraphs. To see an example of the correcting formatting for paragraphs, please see the paragraphs in the Sample One-Experiment Paper


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.