Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 24, 2016     Views: 225

Yes, APA Style requires the use of a running head in research papers. The running head is a shortened version of the title of your paper (50 characters or fewer, spaces included), and it is used along with the page numbers to identify each page of your research paper for your reader in the event that the pages get separated. The running head is typed in all capital letters and is left justified in the header, while the page numbers are right justified.

For more information on creating and formatting running heads, take a look at the APA Style blog post, Running Head Format for APA Style Papers, and also APA Style’s How do I format my paper so that the phrase Running head appears only on the first page?

For more information about APA Style, please visit our APA Style guide or check out the books, web resources, and SNHU Online Writing Center video listed below. You may also want to contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about APA Style.

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