Headings are used to effectively organize ideas within a study or manuscript. It can also highlight important items, themes or topics within sections. By creating concise headings, the reader can anticipate key points and track the development of your argument. The heading levels establish the hierarchy of each section and are designated by their formatting.
|1||Center, Bold, Upper and Lowercase Heading|
|2||Flush Left, Bold, Upper and Lowercase Heading|
|3||Indent, bold, lowercase paragraph heading with a period at the end.|
|4||Indent, bold, italics, lowercase paragraph heading with a period at the end.|
|5||Indent, italics, lowercase paragraph heading with a period at the end.|
Adapted from American Psychological Association. (2009). Format for Five Levels of Heading in APA Journals. Publication manual of the American psychological association (6th ed., p. 62) Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.