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APA Style Guide  

Interactive guide to citing sources using American Psychological Association style
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About APA Style

APA style is easy to recognize. It abbreviates the first and middle name of the authors and displays the date of publication immediately after the author names. This guide includes examples for citations and references that are frequently encountered.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. is the authoritative resource used as the basis for this guide. A copy is shelved in the Alden Library’s Reference collection at REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010.


Tips and in-text Citation

An index card icon    indicates the places where instructions show the general layout for references. It is also used to indicate exceptions to other guidelines.

Examples for citing sources in the text are found in the In-text Citation tab.


Alden Library APA Guide

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    APA Basics

    General Layout of the References:


    Author, A. A., Author B. B., & Author C. C. (yyyy). Article title. Journal Name, number or volume, pages of article. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx.


    Author, A. A., Author B. B., & Author C. C. (yyyy). Book title. Place of publication: Publisher.

    The first line of each reference source starts flush with the left margin. The following lines are indented one-half inch from the left margin. The entire list is double spaced. Each entry is in alphabetical order.

    The “References” page appears at the end of the paper. The citations are arranged alphabetically. Each source cited in the paper must be in the references list.


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