Q. On an APA style paper, do I indent the first line of each paragraph?


Here are the guidelines for indenting body paragraphs in APA:

  • Yes, indent the first line of every paragraph.
  • Paragraphs: First line indentation: 0.5” or use Tab key once.


  • The only paragraph not indented is the Abstract. 
  • If the Instructor requires an Abstract, it should be left aligned, with no indent.

Check the APA Help guide to see a Sample Paper.

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  • Last Updated Oct 03, 2018
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