Quick Orientation to APA
APA Parenthetical Citation
Create an APA Reference List
Format a Paper Using APA Guidelines
Format APA Headings for a Paper
Review APA Usage and Style Guidelines
What is APA style?1
Like all documentation styles, APA style provides a standard system
which gives credit to others for their contribution to your work. It is
known as a “parenthetical” documentation style, meaning that citations
to original sources appear in your text. This allows the reader to see
immediately where your information was found, and it saves you the
trouble of making footnotes or endnotes.
The APA style includes three kinds of information in in-text citations.
1. The author’s last name*
2. The work’s date of publication*
3. The page number, appears only in a citation to a direct quotation.
(*these items must match exactly the corresponding entry)
The APA encompasses strict guidelines for the formatting of documents. Formatting the
reference list and headings