Introduction to APA
Developed by the American Psychological Association and used most often in the social sciences, the APA style is a set of guidelines for writing research papers that meet a certain set of scholarly standards. For a detailed description of these standards, see The Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association (6th ed.) available at the Reference Desk and on the shelves at REF BF 76.7.P83 2010.
APA requires that you create your list of references on its own page after the last page of your text. Center the title, References, one inch from the top of the page. Alphabetize the list of references by the last name of the authors and double space (unless your professor requires otherwise). If the work has no author or editor, alphabetize the work by the first word of the title (excluding A, An, or The). Capitalize only the first letter of each sentence.
Whenever you incorporate other authors' text and ideas in your paper, you must indicate where in the text you refer to them. If you have a citation in the References page, you must have a corresponding In-Text citation in the body of your paper. Links to APA tutorials and guides from other colleges and universities can be found at the bottom of this page.
All the examples in this guide are courtesy of
OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab).