Quick Start Guide: Using APA Style to Write Business Reports


Welcome to the Learning Commons Quick Start Guide for Business Reports in APA Style.

When preparing such a report, imagine that you are going to submit it to a company as a consultant or employee. It should be appealing and well-designed. Remember these key points when formatting a report for your business classes:

  1. The title page can be designed with the company’s logo. It does not have to strictly follow APA format but should still include all of the regular information – title, author(s), course code, professor name, and due date.
  2. There should be a table of contents and executive summary.
  3. The title page, table of contents, and executive summary should not have page numbers. Page numbers should start when the main body of the paper starts.
  4. References should be formatted according to the regular APA style.
Course Information

Course Level: Beginner

Time to Complete: 10 minutes

Perfect for: Business students

Guide Creator: Jeremy Birkenstock

Other Resources

Business Report Writing Guide: Click here.

Purdue OWL’s APA Heading Guide: Click here.

APA style Headings and Table of Contents in Microsoft Word

This video explains how to use MS Word to format embedded headings using APA’s heading style.

For Purdue OWL’s guide on APA Heading styles, click here.

How to make page numbers start on the second or third page

This video explains how to make page numbers start on a different page than the first page of your Word document.

Now it’s your turn!

Answer these questions based on the above video.