A. One Author or EditorB. Two Authors or EditorsC. Three to Five Authors or EditorsD. Article or Chapter in an Edited BookE. Article in a Reference BookF. No AuthorG. E-BookH. Edition other than the FirstI. TranslationJ. Government Publication
A. Journal Article with One AuthorB. Journal Article with 2 AuthorsC. Journal Article with 3-5 AuthorsD. Journal Article with 6 or more AuthorsE. Magazine ArticleF. Newspaper Article
A. Basic Web PageB. Web Page from a University SiteC. No AuthorD. Blog postE. Entry in a Reference WorkF. Government Document
A. Motion PictureB. Youtube VideoC. Audio Podcast
A. Electronic ImageB. Figures
A. InterviewB. LectureC. EmailD. Classical WorksE. Secondary Sources
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What's New in the 6th Edition

Some of the changes include:

  • the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) in references to print and electronic sources (when available).  See pages 188 to 192 in the APA Manual for more information.
  • expanded coverage of online resources

To learn more about the changes made in the new edition, check out the "What's New" section on the official APA website.

What's a DOI?

"A DOI name - a digital identifier for any object of intellectual property. A DOI name provides a means of persistently identifying a piece of intellectual property on a digital network and associating it with related current data in a structured extensible way." From The DOI System
  • How to Find a DOI
    Short tutorial from APA.
  • Free DOI Lookup
    CrossRef currently provides a number of ways for you to locate a DOI.
  • Resolve a DOI
    Type or paste a DOI name into the text box. Click Go. Your browser will take you to a Web page (URL) associated with that DOI name.

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What is APA Style?

"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:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a references list at the end of your paper.
American Psychological Association. (2010). APA Manual (Publication manual of the American Psychological Association). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/APA-Publication-Manual-6th

APA Citation Style & Format

Step-by-step instructions from the Student Learning Center for setting up a Word document using APA Style formatting that can be used as a template for academic papers.


Easybib App

app for iPhoneapp for AndroidThe Easybib app (iPad, iPhone, Android) lets you create accurate APA style citations by scanning the barcode or typing in the name of a book's title. You can export and email your reference list and add it to your reference list -- and it's free!

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