About APA Style
APA (American Psychological Association) Style is a set of guidelines for formatting academic manuscripts and citing work by other writers. It is most commonly used by scholars in the social sciences.
Formatting Your Paper in APA Style
In general, your paper should include at least the following elements:
Your instructor may require additional elements consistent with APA style, including an abstract or introduction, sections detailing research method, results, and discussion, and appendices. Check with your instructor for details about these requirements. More information about formatting these sections can be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.
Citing Sources in APA Style
Citing sources you've consulted gives your paper credibility, and adhering to APA's citation guidelines protects you from unintentional plagiarism.
The Reference List
Your reference list should begin on a new page following the text of your paper. Here, you will include complete citations for the resources you've used in your writing.
Tips for formatting your reference list:
In addition to the Reference list, sources are also cited using the parenthetical author-date system in the text of your manuscript. Find more information about in-text citation here.
Citing Specific Sources