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Cookeville: APA Guide

Guide for Cookeville Fortis

What is APA Format?

APA Style®  refers to a set of rules and guidelines found in the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  The rules determine how you cite references, punctuation, title page format, and so on.  You may be required to use APA Style when completing assignments.

 

The LRC has copies of the APA Style Guide.

Reference List

APA Format

An APA paper must have these components

  • Typed, double-spaced on letter-sized paper (8.5" x 11")
  • 1" margins on all sides
  • Use a clear font that is highly readable. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman.
  • Include page number in the upper right hand corner

 

Sample Title Page

Helpful Links

In-Text Citations

Short Quotations:

Example one:

According to Jones (1998), "Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time" (p. 199).

Example two:

Jones (1998) found "students often had difficulty using APA style" (p. 199); what implications does this have for teachers?

Summary or Paraphrase

Example one:

According to Jones (1998), APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners.

Example two:

APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners (Jones, 1998, p. 199).

 

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