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American Psychological Association (APA) Citation Style Guide

The purpose of this guide is to instruct users on some of the rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) Citation Style.

Purpose of this guide

The following is a guide to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(APA). Examples are given to illustrate how various types of publications are formatted in the APA style, including:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • eBooks
  • Websites

These are only a few examples of APA citation style. For other citation examples, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009). We have a copy available for checkout in our 2-Hour Reserves Collection at the Circulation Desk.

Before we begin...

One of the reasons people hate creating citations is that they wait until they are finishing with everything to create the citations. If you format them correctly as you go along with writing your paper, it can cause a lot less headaches. 

Parts of an article citation:

Author Name (s)

  • Article Title
  • Journal Name
  • Volume and issue
  • Year
  • Page Numbers
  • DOI or URL with date accessed if accessed electronically

One way to cause yourself less stress is to either write this information down or type it in somewhere when you are doing the searching part of the research. Sometimes people get what they need and then try to create citations after they have gotten rid or lost the articles. Then they have to go hunting for the information again when they are stressed about finishing their project or paper. 

To help you collect the right information as you are searching, use the worksheet below. It is a Word document with a table for each article, book, or website. Since it is a Word document, you can copy and paste the information into the tables and then format and organize the informationwhen it comes time to create the citations.