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APA style help

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 

  • official guide to APA style
  • library has many copies

APA formatting and style guide (Purdue University)

  • explains of APA style
  • includes sample papers and references

Tutorial: Basics of APA style (APA)

  • free online tutorial
  • introduction to APA style (6th ed.) for beginners

Sample citations

Journal article from a library database

Easterlin, R. A. (2002). Is reported happiness five years ago comparable to present happiness? A cautionary note. Journal of Happiness Studies, 3(2), 193-198. doi:10.1023/A:1019608227505


Howe, D. (2011). Attachment across the lifecourse : A brief introduction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in an edited book

Lips, H., & Lawson, K. (2010). Women across cultures.  In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives (pp. 25-40).  Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell.

Tools that make APA easier

There are online tools that can help you create bibliographies and organize your research.  Students often describe these tools as transformative to their research and writing process.

zotero love: step 2

Formatting your APA paper

Microsoft Word 2010

Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac