Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 01, 2017 Views: 1996
Line Spacing: Use double line spacing between lines of text, between text and a block quotation, between paragraphs, and between a heading and subsequent text. Do not add additional space above or below the lines of text. Do not triple- or quadruple-space between paragraphs.
APA recommends the use of double spacing of “all text lines of the manuscript” (APA, 2010, p. 229) and “after every line in the title, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and figure captions” (p. 229). This means you will double space your entire draft.
Spacing Between Sentences: While APA suggests two spaces after each sentence for drafts, Walden and APA prefer the use of one space after each period. The key is to be consistent throughout the draft.
- For more details on Microsoft Word's double-spacing functions or other spacing options, see the Academic Skill Center's Microsoft Word webpage.
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