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Citation and Writing Guides: APA

Primary Style or Format Guide


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.

This guide can be found in the IC and Lewis Reference as well as the Main Stacks and Lewis Ready Reference.
Call Number: BF 76.7 .P83 2010


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APA Uses and Tips

APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly style within the behavioral and social sciences .

General Document Guidelines include:

  • Margins should be one inch on all sides (top, bottom, left, right).
  • Double-space throughout the paper, including the title page, abstract, body of the document, references, appendixes, footnotes, tables, and figure captions.
  • Space once after all punctuation, including at the ends of sentences.
  • All text lines should be aligned left (creating an uneven right margin)
  • Paragraphs should be indented 5-7 spaces.
  • Page numbers should appear one inch from the right edge of the paper on the first line of every page (except Figures), beginning with the title page.
  • The first two or three words of the paper title should appear five spaces to the left of the page number on every page (except Figures), beginning with the title page. Manuscript page headers are used to identify manuscript pages during the editorial process. Using most word processors, the manuscript page header and page number can be inserted into a header, which then automatically appears on all pages.
  • Order of paper elements: Title Page, Abstract, Body, References, Appendixes, Footnotes, Tables, Figure Captions, Figures

From the American Psychological Association - style information

APA Video

This video, by Dr. David Taylor, covers the basics of APA Style.

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