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APA Style Resources

Visit Purdue OWL for more information on how to cite your sources. 


UACCM also has a LibGuide with information about APA Format: APA (7th ed.) for Student Papers


Formatting Your Paper

The Basics

  • Typed
  • Double-spaced
  • Letter size paper (8.5" x 11")
  • 1-inch margins
  • Use 10-12 point font
  • Standard font (Cambria, Times New Roman, etc)

Elements of the Paper

  • Title page
  • Abstract (not commonly used in freshman and sophomore level courses)
  • Main body
  • References 

The Title Page

  • Includes the page number (found in the page header, flush right)
  • Includes the title of your paper.
  • Your name.
  • Your institution.
  • Course name and number.
  • Your instructor's name. 
  • The assignments due date.


APA title page example image.

The Abstract Page

  • Bold and center the title "Abstract" at the top.
  • The abstract is 150-250 word summary of your paper written in a concise and specific manner.
  • Not commonly required for freshmen and sophomore level courses. 

APA abstract example image.


The Main Body

  • Page Heading: Includes your page number.
  • Paper Title: Bold and centered at the top of the page. 
  • No Page Breaks: Type the text without page breaks. 
  • Paper Sections: Text can be broken up into sections using headings and subheadings. (Not common in freshmen and sophomore level courses) 
  • In-text citations: Cite your sources using parenthetical (in-text) citations. 

APA main body example image.


The Reference Page

  • Page Name: "References", centered, do NOT italicize, bold, or underline. 
  • Double Space Reference Entries: If your reference takes up more than one line, the first line should be flush left and subsequent lines should be indented. (Hanging indents) 
  • Entry Order: Alphabetical by Surname: If more than one author, order by the first author's surname. 

APA references page image.


Parenthetical Citations

One Author

Paraphrasing: (Author, Year) 

Direct Quote: (Author, Year, Page #)


Two Authors

Paraphrasing: (Author & Author, Year) 

Direct Quote: (Author & Author, Year, Page #)


Three or More Authors

Paraphrasing: (Author, Author, & Author, Year) 

Direct Quote: (Author, Author, & Author, Year, Page #)

Subsequent Citations: (Author et al., Year)


Unknown Author

Paraphrasing: ("Title", Year) 

Direct Quote: ("Title", Year, Page #)


Basic Structure - Print Sources

Author's last name, followed by author's initials. (Publication year). Article name. Publisher or publication, Edition, Page number(s). 

Doe, J. (2020). APA Citations. Students learning Citations, 01, 10-15.

Basic Structure - Electronic Sources

Author's last name, followed by author's initials. (Publication year, Month Day). Title of page. Name of website, URL. 

Doe, J. (2020, March 8). APA Citations. Students Learning Citations.