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APA Citation Guide (APA 7th Edition): Welcome

This guide will help you cite your sources properly using APA 6th edition

Welcome To Your APA Citation Guide

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APA (American Psychological Association) is a style of writing and formatting that is most commonly used in the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Linguistics, Economics, Criminology), Business, and Nursing. 

It is important that you refer to your sources consistently in APA style throughout your paper so that your reader can easily follow those citations back to your reference page to explore those sources for themselves. This involves: 

  • Properly formatting your paper according to APA style formatting requirements
  • Creating in-text citations throughout your paper
  • Construction of a Reference List at the end of your paper that will allow your reader to locate and investigate any of the sources you used 

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Four Sections of an APA Paper

APA Papers typically contain four major sections: 

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Main Body
  • References

Check with your instructor for specific requirements.

General APA Guidelines

APA has a number of rules that your instructor may want you to follow. The following information came from the 6th edition of the APA Manual. See the page number that follows each style rule for more information. 

Note - Your instructor may prefer slight changes to these rules. Check with your instructor for any variations. 


Margins - 1 inch all sides, including top, bottom, left and right (p. 229)

Font preference and size - The preferred font is 12-pt Times New Roman. (p. 228)

Line Spacing - Double spacing should occur throughout the document, including quotations of 40 or more words. (pp. 171 & 229)

Page Numbers - Page numbers should be located in upper right corner, unless specified differently from your instructor. Be sure to include a page number on the title page, too! (p. 230)

Paragraph Indentation - Paragraphs should be indented 5-7spaces or 1/2 inch. (p. 229)


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