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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

Citation Tools and Generators

How To Use This Guide

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 Student Learning Center. They provide in-depth tutoring and workshops for writing and using APA style.

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

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!

Easybib for iPad     Easybib for iPhone



Christopher Casey

APA Blog

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.