APA Format Style Made Easy

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 7th 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 that 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 7th Ed. of the APA Publication Manual (see order screen for the versions available in 6th & 7th 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 7th edition or 6th edition format, ready for you to type your paper.
    • Automatically format the reference list & make inserting citations easy.
Specifically, here is what the templates do:
  • Create the Header (also called the Running head) with page numbers
  • Set up the proper margins, line spacing, etc.
  • Create a title page
  • Create an abstract page, a 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 create an outline (MS Word only) easily
  • 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
What do the templates look like?

Below is the APA tab in Word 2010. We support all versions of Word, including 2019 and Office 365.

Reference Point Software's APA Ribbon in Microsoft Word

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.
APA entry for a chapter in a book
When you are ready to insert a citation into your paper the template already knows the authors you’ve typed in. You have to decide 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.
Citing a reference with more than one author in an APA paper
in one citation

in one citation

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