The title page of your APA Style paper includes a running header that is distinct from the header that leads off all other pages. As illustrated at the Purdue University Online Writing Lab's (OWL) website, create a header on your title page. Inside of it, you type "Running head:" followed by the title of your paper in all capital letters and the page number. On the title page, use "1" as your page number. Locate the title flush left on your paper and the page number flush right. As for your title, it should be no more than 12 words long. Avoid pointless words and abbreviations. Take up no more than two lines of space with your paper's title.
The purpose of APA in text and parenthetical citations is to give the reader a brief idea as to where you found your information, while they’re in the middle of reading or viewing your project. You may include direct quotes in the body of your project, which are word-for-word quotes from another source. Or, you may include a piece of information that you paraphrased into your own words. These are called parenthetical citations. Both direct quotes and paraphrased information include an in text citation directly following it. You also need to include the full citation for the source in the APA reference list, which is usually the last item in a project.
Because the Publication Manual provides guidelines for writers submitting manuscripts to scholarly journals, it is silent on the topic of tables of contents. Usually questions about tables of contents come from students or teachers who want the information to complete a class assignment. Style preferences for undergraduate writing can vary by discipline, university, and instructor. Instructors should provide their preferred formatting guidelines if they require tables of contents; if guidelines are not included with the assignment or syllabus, students can request them.