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When I use the following document (which uses \documentclass{article}):

\documentclass{article}
\title{Sample Document}
\author{John Smith}
\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item This is a short line
\item This is a short line
\item This is a really really really really long line that wraps around the page and as you can see it goes to the left of the item number.
\item This is a short line
\item This is a short line
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}

I get the following:

the result of an enumeration using the article document class; text is all left-aligned along the same vertical line

But when I create a similar document using this apa6 class:

\documentclass{apa6}
\title{Sample Document}
\author{John Smith}
\begin{document}
\begin{enumerate}
\item This is a short line
\item This is a short line
\item This is a really really really really long line that wraps around the page and as you can see it goes to the left of the item number.
\item This is a short line
\item This is a short line
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}

I get the following result:

the result of an enumeration using the apa6 document class; wrapped text in an enumeration item is shifted to the left with respect to the first line

How can I use \documentclass{apa6}, and line up wrapped lines in enumerations similar to \documentclass{article}? And what code in apa6 causes this to happen?

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This is by design. Presumably the APA requires enumerations to look like this. If you load the enumitem package, you can get the former behaviour with no other changes. To get the APA version in the same document you can use the {APAenumerate} environment.

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Hmm, why does this document align them vertically: www2.yk.psu.edu/learncenter/apa-july-09.pdf –  notfed Jun 26 '12 at 3:50
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@notfed Because it's a document describing the APA style, not written using it. There's nothing in that document that describes the format of a list. Anyway, the lists can be formatted as you want them by loading the enumitem package. You can control all aspects of the list format easily. See e.g. Vertical space in lists. –  Alan Munn Jun 26 '12 at 5:12
    
I suppose you're right. You'd think the least they could do for a quick reference is show APA6 by example. –  notfed Jun 26 '12 at 14:52
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