\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib} @article{glaze2008parents, title={Parents in prison and their minor children}, author={Glaze, Lauren E}, year={2008}, publisher={Bureau of Justice Statistics} } \end{filecontents} \documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article} \usepackage{geometry}% recommended to change layout \geometry{left=3.04cm,top=0.94cm,includehead,textheight=24cm,textwidth=15cm} \usepackage{parskip}% Recommended, if you want parskip instead of indent with standard classes \setlength{\parskip}{5pt}% strange value %in the preamble %-------------------------------- \usepackage[ backend=biber, style=apa, ]{biblatex} \addbibresource{\jobname.bib} %-------------------------------- \title{Research Proposal} \author{} \date{} \newcommand{\namelistlabel}[1]{\textbf{#1:}\hfil}% label format moved to the definition \newenvironment{namelist}[1]{%1 \begin{list}{} { \let\makelabel\namelistlabel \settowidth{\labelwidth}{#1} \setlength{\leftmargin}{1.1\labelwidth} } }{%1 \end{list}} \begin{document} \maketitle \begin{namelist}{xxxxxxxxxxxx} \item[Title]% label format moved to the definition Jailed parents \item[Keyword]% label format moved to the definition Financial Stress \end{namelist} \section*{Abstract} Example cite: \autocite{glaze2008parents}% to have it in the references, cite it \printbibliography \end{document}