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APA Quick Style Guide: Home

About APA Style

APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. The following guide was developed to assist students with the American Psychological Association (APA) documentation style. For more extensive rules and examples of the APA style, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed. (R 808 A51p 2020) or visit

This guide will cover how to cite the most common types of source in APA style.

For additional source types or clarification, please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed., which is located in the Ready Reference collection at the circulation desk. You can also ask a librarian or Writing Center tutor for assistance.

Reference List Formatting

  • Start the reference list on a new page, continuing the page numbers from the body of the paper.  
  • Center the title of the page (References) an inch from the top of the paper.  
  • Align the start of each entry with the left margin. Indent any subsequent lines one-half inch (or five spaces).  
  • Double-space the list within and between entries.  
  • Arrange entries in alphabetical order by author’s last names.  
  • Capitalize only the first word of the title, the first word of the subtitle, proper nouns, and nouns followed by numerals or letters.

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