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Are you new to APA Style? Start here.
The American Psychological Association (APA) Style is a method for formatting research papers and giving appropriate credit to the resources you use. APA also establishes writing standards and helps you prepare your work for possible publication. Following a common structure makes it easier for your readers to follow the ideas expressed in your paper.
- Use the same font throughout your paper.
- A variety of font options are permitted.
- 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, and right).
- Double-space the entire paper.
- Insert page numbers in the top right corner of every page.
Order of pages
- Title page (page 1)
- Text (starts on a new page after the title page)
- References (start on a new page after the end of the text)
- Check with your professor for additional requirements, such as tables, figures, or appendices.
APA Style uses the author-date citation system. A brief in-text citation directs readers to your references page.
In-text citations can be:
You should use an in-text citation for any ideas or information that is not your own or not common knowledge. You can:
- paraphrase - put information in your own words
- quote - copy/paste directly from a source
The References page provides full citations for all the sources you cited in your paper.
The format of the citation will vary. In general, every citation includes:
APA Style Blog
Official companion to the APA Style Manual. Posts respond to common questions.
APA Style and Grammar Guidelines
Guidance on various aspects of an APA style paper: paper format, grammar, bias-free language, tables & figures, in-text citations, references, and research & publication.
Search for complete citation information. Locate DOIs.
Use cautiously. Double-check results. You may need to make corrections.
This is a free tool that helps create in-text citations and reference page citations.
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Additional handouts on avoiding plagiarism, abbreviations, numbers, and more: APA Handouts.
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