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Overview of APA style and formatting guidelines
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Welcome to the APA Resource Page.

APA is a style of writing & formatting that was developed by the American Psychological Association. APA is most commonly used in the social sciences & sciences.

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*Examples in this guide are based on: American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th EditionWashington D.C.: APA.

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APA Style Central is a product of the American  Psychological Association and consists of:

  • APA videos & tutorials to help with formatting, style, and research,
  • research planning & tracking tools to assist in building a reference library,
  • a variety of APA paper templates and samples to use for your own writing,
  • and access to the digital library of APA Style quick guides      

Check out the quick guide from APA Style Central on how to get started with APA, just click on the screenshot below:

Getting Started With APA Style

Learn the basics of APA Style, including how to format a manuscript, understand the form and function of common manuscript parts, organize and express your thoughts clearly and precisely, employ the mechanics of style, use graphic elements effectively, credit sources and acknowledge the contributions of others, and construct a comprehensive and reliable reference list.


© 2016 American Psychological Association.

Additional APA Resources


This guide is based on the work done by Nicole Robinson at Muskingum University and Rob Snyder at Bowling Green State University.

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