Apa Research Paper Template Open Office

Version: APA Format

Does it take you almost as long to format
a paper in APA style as it does to write it?

Reference Point Software’s templates make it easy to format your papers in APA 6th edition style. With just a few clicks of the mouse, your document will have the proper margins, with the header and page numbers in exactly the right places. Even references and citations are a snap…just type in the information and the software will format it perfectly.

Most importantly, our templates allow you to concentrate on the content of your paper, so you can learn about the topic rather than word processing commands. Save time and work smarter with our templates, which are available for use with Word, OpenOffice and NeoOffice.

These templates are based on the 6th Ed. of the APA Publication Manual (see order screen for the versions available in 5th & 6th Edition) and include support for APA’s style guidelines for electronic resources and references.

What do the templates do?
Generally, Reference Point Software templates do two things:
    • Set up a blank document in APA 6th edition or 5th edition format, ready for you to type your paper into.
    • Automatically format the reference list & make inserting citations easy.
Specifically, here is what the templates do:
  • Create the Header (also called Running head) with page numbers
  • Set up the proper margins, line spacing, etc.
  • Create a title page
  • Create an abstract page, place for the body of the paper, and reference page
  • Easily add properly formatted headings and subheadings
  • Format each reference with commas, parentheses, italics, and indents in exactly the right spots
  • Stores references in a database for easy editing and reuse, you control where data is stored (if you want to).
  • With Reference Point templates your citation info travels with your document. If you work on more than one computer you only need to copy one file to the other computer – your APA document!
  • If you need to edit references on more than one computer you can easily copy the references file just as easily as your document. Put it on a flash drive, email it to yourself, or use a program like DropBox to store your references in the cloud and sync your computers.
  • Make it a snap to cite a reference in the body of the paper and even cite multiple sources in one citation
  • Create complex page numbering (MS Word only)
  • Provide sample tables that you can modify for your own needs (MS Word only)
  • Provide a template to easily create an outline (MS Word only)
  • Easily backup your document automatically and on demand (MS Word for Windows only)    
  • Compatible with Win XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1, Win 10, and OS X (see order page for specifics)
What do the templates look like?

This is the APA tab in Word 2010.

This is what you see when you start a new paper in Word. Click here to view a demo of this step.

When you use the template to enter a reference the template makes it easy to enter the authors. The template will capitalize the names if you don’t and it will insert periods after initials.

Below is the screen you fill out to make an APA style chapter in a book reference. Notice that this one screen handles multiple types of references including books with editions, revised books, & books you read online. Notice also that we give you advice as to how to fill out this form, e.g. what to capitalize. Do you know if all words in a chapter title should be capitalized? We’ll tell you as you go.

When you are ready to insert a citation into your paper the template already knows the authors you’ve typed in. You have to make a decision as to the style of citation but we give you the info you need to decide, complete with usage examples. Note you can easily add page numbers or other types of numbers to a citation.

in one citation

Need more info?

This tutorial will show you how to do MLA Format using OpenOffice. We will perform the following settings:


I. How to Set the Font and Size:

  1. By default, OpenOffice uses font “Times New Roman” and size 12 and that’s correct so we do not need to change them.

II. How to Set the Margins in OpenOffice:

  1. Click on Format.
  2. Click on Page.
  3. Under Margins, set the margins for top, right, bottom, left to 1 inch (1″).

III. How To Create a Header in OpenOffice:

  1. Click Insert => Header => click on Default.
  2. Click on the Align Right icon.
  3. Type your Last Name => then press the Spacebar key on your computer keyboard once.
  4. Click Insert => Fields => Page Number(to insert automatic page numbering).
  5. Click on your document area to begin setting up your first page information.

IV. How to Setup Line Spacing to Double Spaced:

  1. Click on Format => Paragraph.
  2. Click on the Indents & Spacing tab.
  3. Under Line Spacing, click on the up/down arrows => click on Double.
  4. Click OK to apply the setting.

V. How to Enter the First Page Information:

  1. Type your full name => press Enter.
  2. Type your professor’s name => press Enter.
  3. Type course title => press Enter.
  4. Type your paper’s due date => press Enter.
  5. Click on the Align Center icon on the formatting toolbar (to center your blinking cursor) => Type the title of your paper, capitalizing the first letter and all major words and proper nouns. Do not use italics, boldfaced type, underlining, or all caps to format your title. Do not type a period at the end of the title => press Enter.
  6. Click on the Align Left icon (to bring your blinking cursor to the left).
  7. Click on the Tab key to indent 1/2 inch to begin your first paragraph. Use the Tab key on every next new paragraphs. Your completed setting should look like this:

VI. How to Setup the Works Cited Page:

Follow this how-to when you are ready to work on your Works Cited page. The Works Cited page has the following characteristics:

  • A heading “Works Cited” centered one inch below the top edge of a new page. Do not bold or underline this heading.
  • No indent on the first line of each entry. If an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines 1/2 inch from the left margin.
  • Alphabetize entries in your list of works cited by the author’s last name, using the letter-by-letter system.
  1. Immediately after typing the final line of your paper, click on Insert => Manual Break => click on Page Break => click OK(to begin a new page). Your header with your last name and automatic page numbering should appear at the top left of your paper.
  2. Click on the align center icon so that the text is centered.
  3. Type Works Cited(do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks).
  4. Press the Enter key once to begin a new line.
  5. Click on the align left icon so that the text is aligned left.
  6. The feature to setup indentation on the subsequent line/lines is called Hanging Indent. To setup hanging indent, click on Format => Paragraph => click on the Indents & Spacing tab => change the Before Text value to 0.50 => change the First Line value to 0.50 => click on OK to set the Hanging Indent.
  7. Now type your sources and finish your paper.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Take care!



MLA Format Guidelines:

APA Format Guidelines:

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