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Find detailed information about the basics of writing an APA style paper including in-text citations, reference lists, formatting your paper and tips for conducting research.
Last Updated: May 3, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is APA Style?

APA Style refers to the rules found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

APA was first published in 1929 in an effort to standardize scientific writing. The 6th edition of the APA manual was published in 2009.

Visit the American Psychological Assocation website for resources including basic tutorials and guidelines for creating proper citations.


Parts of an APA Paper


APA Format Citations - Sixth (6th) Edition

Online APA Help

  • 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 and they publish weekly posts to talk about writing, publishing, and APA Style.
  • Purdue OWL
    This site provides a great deal of information to assist you in creating accurate citations. The site is current with APA 6th ed.
  • Citefast
    Free citation generator that creates citations in four easy steps. APA style is included.
  • KnightCite
    A citation generator from the Heckman Library at Calvin College and is current with the 6th edition of APA.
  • APA Exposed
    Slideshow discussion on APA formatting from Wendy K. Mages of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Provides background information on APA and the mechanics of formatting.

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