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APA Citation Style (7th edition)

An Introduction to using APA Citation Style (7th Edition)

APA 7 Resources

APA 7 Resources

This guide covers APA basics, examples of references and in-text citations for some of the more commonly used resources, and formatting instructions. If you need more information, Academic Success Center and Library staff are available to answer your questions. Copies of APA resources are available online and in the library,.

The following handouts are easy to print and have readily accessible when you are researching and writing your assignments and essays. 

What is APA style?

When editors or teachers ask you to write in "APA style," they do not mean writing style. They are referring to the editorial style that many of the programs have adopted to present written material in the field.

APA style refers to the entire presentation and structure of your written document including rules or guidelines such as:

  • Double space lines, and type on only one side of the page
  • acceptable fonts
    • 10 pt Lucida; 11 pt Arial; 11 pt Calibri; 11 pt Georgia; 12 pt Times New Roman
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph by. 0.5inch.
  • List resources on your Reference page in Alphabetical order.
  • Margins should all be 1" or (2.54 cm)

Proper documentation requires that you acknowledge sources within your paper.  A citation appears in two places in your essay. Once in the body of your paper; these are called in-text or parenthetical citations. The citation will also be in the list at the end of your paper; this is called a References list.

APA manuals

The Concise APA Handbook

"Most students struggle with learning how to find references, use them effectively, and cite them appropriately in a required format. One of the most common formats is that of APA. The authors all have vast experience teaching writing courses to various levels of students from undergraduates to graduates in other countries. However, there was lacking a book that could explain the basics of APA in simple, easy-to-understand language for non-native speakers of English...