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Writing with APA Citation Style

This guide provides links to library and web resources for outlining, formatting, and citing research papers using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style.

APA Citations

APA style citations require two parts:

  • In-text citation – is a short citation in your paper's body every time you use material from outside sources. Every in-text citation in your paper should appear on your References list. Each brief in-text citation corresponds to its full citation in the References list.
  • The References list – is an alphabetical list at the end of your paper that includes a full citation for each source you used in your paper's body. Every citation in your References list should have a corresponding in-text citation in the body of your work.


What is a Citation?

Citing or citation is a practice of documenting the information sources used in your academic work. This video explains what citation is and why we do it: 

Citing Works in Text Using 7th Edition APA Style

In-Text Citations

In-text citations appear in the body of your or paper. This video will show you the basics on how to create an in-text citation according to APA style.

This handout includes examples of in-text citations in parenthetical and narrative formats. Both formats supply the same necessary information but are formatted differently. You can download a copy of this document to use it as a quick guide to creating your in-text citations.

Links to Citing References In-Text

The links below provide information on creating in-text citations in APA style.

The following links provide examples of creating an outline to help organize your thoughts and check the flow of your paper and resources for formatting in APA style.