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What is APA Style?

APA Style is a standardized format for writing that has been established by the American Psychological AssociationAPA Style consists of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. It concerns uniform use of such elements as

  • selection of headings, tone, and length
  • punctuation and abbreviations
  • presentation of numbers and statistics
  • construction of tables and figures
  • citation of references
  • many other elements that are a part of a manuscript.


Recommended Resources

APA Style Blog 

The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. It's run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day.

APA Student Title Page Guide

Student guide for title pages published by the American Psychological Association

APA Student Paper Headings Guide

Example of correct use of heading levels for student papers published by the American Psychological Association

APA Quick Citation Guide for Journal Article, Book, Chapter in an Edited Book

Quick visual how-to on citing journals, books, and book chapters from the American Psychological Association

APA Sample Student Paper

Excerpt from Chapter 2 of the APA Manual, a full example paper formatted for 7th Edition APA style

Purdue OWL APA Guide 

From the Online Writing Lab at Purdue with many examples of creating in-text citations, footnotes, and works cited entries