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APA Format and Style Guide (7th edition)

Although many students are familiar with MLA formatting from English classes, other courses may require APA (American Psychological Association) style. The resources below will help you format your documents to APA specifications, cite sources within your writing, and create a references page.

Quick Guide to APA Documentation

To gain a firm foundation for understanding APA format and citations and to assess your understanding of the material, this Learning Center APA module is a great place to start!

Other helpful resources:

Introductory Video: This video offers an introduction to APA documentation, both within your paper and on your references page.

Citing Websites in APA: Do you have trouble figuring out how to cite websites and wepbages when constructing your references page? This video offers a step-by-step guide to correct web citation!

A Guide to the "Big 3": This citation guide walks you through the "big 3" resources you'll most commonly encounter in your research--journal articles, books, and edited chapters. Want a more comprehensive guide to reference examples? See this resource for examples of common references.

The APA Style Instructional Aids page: This is part of the official site for APA style, and this particular page offers APA tutorials and webinars, handouts, and sample student papers.

Writing Summaries and Paraphrasing: This resource offers advice and activities on how to effectively summarize and paraphrase (put it in your own words) information from your sources.

The OWL at Purdue: The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue offers an easily understandable overview of the features of APA formatting as well as examples of how to cite specific sources. Here are some particularly helpful pages:

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