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APA Style, 6th Edition

APA Style guide

Formating You References

Please visit these sites for additional information on how to set up your Reference List:

Purdue Owl

APA Style  (Explains the difference between a Reference List & Bibliography)

APA Style Blog


The Basics:

Put the reference list on a separate page at the end of the paper.
  • Use the heading References, centered, at the top of the page, with no quotation marks, underlining, or italics
  • Double-space the references.
  • The first line of each reference should be at the left margin, subsequent lines should be indented one-half inch from the left margin (i.e., hanging indent).
  • Alphabetize the list by authors' last names.
Organize the reference list alphabetically by authors' last names. 
  • List authors' names with last name first, followed by initial(s).
  • Include the name and initial(s) for all authors of a work.
  • Use "&" rather than "and" when listing multiple authors of a single work.
  • If the work has no author, use the title in place of the author. 
Format titles of books, journals, and articles according to APA stle.
  • Italicize titles of books and journals.
  • Do not put quotation marks around article titles.
  • For book and article titles: Capitalize first words of title and subtitle and proper nouns.
  • For journal titles, capitalize all significant words.

Include the information listed below.

  • Include date of publication (year and month for monthly publications; year, month and day for daily or weekly publications).
  • Include volume # and issue # for journals paginated by issue.
  • Include page numbers of articles.