Use this guide as a reference to learn more about APA and how to use it properly when creating citations and a reference page. The videos below are a great resource if you have never used APA format before. Each tab focuses on a specific type of resource. We have tried to cover as many of the most commonly cited types of resources as possible. If you need further help, or are completely unfamiliar with APA, please contact the Academic Support Center or Ask A Librarian.
"When we use an editorial style, we remove the distraction of puzzling over the correct punctuation for a reference or the proper form for numbers in text. Those elements are codified in the rules we follow for clear communication, allowing us to focus our intellectual energy on the substance of our research" (American Psychological Association, 2010, p.xiii).
American Psychological Association (APA) style is commonly used for citing references in student papers in science and social science courses, such as Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work.
The purpose of documentation is to:
Some of the changes include:
To learn more about the changes made in the new edition, check out the "What's New" section on the official APA website.
While you will most likely use several different types of materials in your research papers or projects, journal articles will be the most common. Your instructor may even ask you to locate an article by providing you with the citation. The diagram below will help you to better understand the components of a basic APA journal citation and help you to locate an article in the library's Journal Finder or in one of it's several databases.
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.