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APA Style Resources
Sources you can use to find APA answers.
Comprehensive information on APA style. Use the links on the left to jump to a particular section.
APA Style Blog
The official APA blog. Constantly updated. Search by keyword using the search box on the upper right-hand side of the page.
Introduction to APA (Alliant)
Alliant's page on APA style.
APA Citation (CSUN)
Created by CSUN, comprehensive APA style guide with jump links to sections. Also see the APA quick guide, which has a link at the top of the regular style guide.
Quick way to find the DOI for almost any reference. Remember - APA Style asks that you provide a DOI for any reference that has one.
Alliant APA tip sheet
APA tip sheet
Checklist that covers the most common questions in APA Style
This document covers the most common questions about APA citations. For more detailed information, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition, as well as the other resources listed below.
About APA Style
APA Style guidelines were first developed over 80 years ago by social scientists as a consistent standard for presenting written work. Their intention? Let the ideas take center stage, not the formatting and word choices (American Psychological Association, n.d.). As a result, every element of your paper -- from the margins to the way you write numerals to your reference list -- should conform to APA Style guidelines.
Some of the main areas you'll want to think about:
- Writing style
- should be unbiased and formal
- Title page, running head, margins (1" all around), page numbers, font type and size (Times New Roman 12pt.), double-spacing
- In text citations
- avoid plagiarism!
- paraphrasing or direct quotes
- formatting (Author, Year) or (Author, Year, p. #)
- Reference list
- Know the formatting rules -- don't let the capitalization rules throw you off your game
- Include every source referenced in an in text citation
- Check the Publication Manual or some of the helpful sources on the left for trickier citations
American Psychological Association. (n.d.) About APA Style(R). Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/about-apa-style.aspx