Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015     Views: 1637

Spacing in a sentence:

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), “spacing twice after punctuation marks at the end of a sentence aids readers of draft manuscripts” (APA, 2010, p. 88). However, general publication guidelines often accept the general MS Word double spacing feature, and Walden also prefers the use of one space after each sentence.


Spacing in a paper:

Your paper should be double spaced, per both APA and Walden guidelines. The body of your text, the reference list, and any block quotations should also be double spaced.


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