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This style guide will show you how to cite in APA style using a variety of sources which include: books, journal articles, other electronic resources, videos, and face-to-face interviews. A separate section also focuses on proper formatting for in-text citations. Additionally, if you are looking for an excellent example of a fully formatted research paper in APA style, please view a copy of the PDF below.
For a brief video that covers (1) Citing a journal article in APA or (2) Formatting a list of references at the end of your paper, see the embedded video or the linked video below:
APA Format for Student Papers
I. Paper Format:
Use double spacing throughout the document.
Include the page number in the upper left-hand corner. Do not include the author's last name beside the page number.
Include a title page and reference list, when applicable.
What not to include:
Unlike in previous editions of the APA manual, student papers do not usually include a running head (header) or abstract.
II. Title Page:
Most student papers include a separate title page, although some instructors allow students to include the title page information on the same page as the first paragraph of the paper.
On the title page, include the title in boldface and center it three or for lines down from the top of the document.
The title should be descriptive of the content of the paper. Avoid titles like "Essay 1."
Include the subtitle after a colon, when applicable.
Example title: The Psychology of Pandemic Fatigue: A Study of College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On a new line, include the author's name (centered, normal font).
On a new line, include the name of the author's school (centered, normal font).
On a new line, include the course name and number (centered, normal font).
Example: PS 101
On a new line, include the instructor's name (centered, normal font).
On a new line, include the due date (centered, normal font).
Use the "American" format for the date: Example: March 17, 2021
III. Reference List:
On a new page, include your reference list, which is your bibliography.
Label the list References (bold font and centered).
Each reference must be set to "hanging indent" and double spaced.
In Microsoft Word, go to Paragraph>Special>Hanging.