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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, c2010.

IC and Lewis Reference and Main Stacks, also in Lewis Ready Reference
BF76.7 .P83 2010

APA Style Blog


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 allighned left (creating an uneven right margin)
  • Paragraphs should be indented 5-7 spaces
  • Page numbers 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 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 Style - Resources

APA Video

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

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Word Templates


Downloadable Word Template for the APA Style - from Microsoft Office.  Download and type your paper into the template.  Need to create an APA style research term paper? Use this pre-formatted template to create an APA compliant report or thesis. Includes specific instructions and formatting based on the APA 6th edition guidelines.

Setting Up an APA Paper in MS Word 2010 (audiovisual from Youtube) - Evans Library and Learning Commons at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.  A quick guide from the Evans Library on how to properly set-up a paper in APA format. Includes quick looks at running header, pager numbers and provides contact information for more help

Setting Up a Paper in APA Style Using Microsoft Word 2007 - Xavier University, Library .  Step-by-step directions with good graphic.