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APA Tutorial

This searchable slide show gives you all the basics you need to know about using APA, from formatting your paper to citing your sources.

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Visit the APA's APA Style website for complete information on what APA style is, how-to videos, and the APA blog for updates on how to use APA style.


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APA Style Definition

What is APA Style?

APA is the acronym that stands for the American Psychological Association.

APA Style is the set of rules that the APA maintains for writing research papers and citing your sources. Citing sources means giving credit to the original creator of information you use in your research projects. Sources cited in APA Style are called "References."

Click on the link in the box for APA's Style website, where you will find tutorials and more to guide you as you learn to write using the APA style

When you create a research project you join an ongoing conversation about a certain topic. When you create a list of References used in your research using APA Style, you make it possible for readers of your work to locate the sources to which you refer so that they can read those original sources in full.

Who uses APA formatting when writing research papers and citing sources? APA style is used in the Social Sciences disciplines. These include:

  • Psychology 
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Sociology

Formatting Guidelines from the OWL at Purdue

The Online Writing Lab from Purdue University is the premier online reference for learning how to research, write, and document research papers.  They offer excellent examples of APA format.

Finding the doi

The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a number assigned to a specific digitally available document. Clicking on this link will take you to a free service that will help you identify the DOI needed for an APA citation. It's a simple form that is easy to fill out. Have your source information (author, title, journal info) ready.

Formating Your Paper in APA

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: BF76.7 .P83 2010
ISBN: 1433805596
Publication Date: 2009-07-15


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