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  • 1. Introduction to APA StylisticsPart III: References
    How do I complete my references page?
  • 2. Contents: Heading and entries
    The heading should read “References” on the first line.
    Make sure entries are alphabetized.
    References Page: Format
  • 3. References entries: Indent
    All entries should have a hanging indent of 0.5”
    You can select all entries and format them at once by adjusting the paragraph settings to reflect a hanging indent
  • 4. Reference entries: Capitalization
    Reference entries should follow APA-specific capitalization requirements:
    First letter of first word in titles : Guide to proper formatting
    Proper nouns in titles : Writing guides for American students
    First letter in first word after a colon in a title: Guide to proper formatting: Some rules to follow
    First letters in journal names: Journal of Criminal Justice
  • 5. Reference examples: Journal article
    Contents: Author’s last name, author’s initials of first and middle names, year published, title, source, volume, issue, and page numbers
    Example:
    Sintic, C. H. (2008). APA guidelines for this course. Journal of Governors State University, 36(1), 5 – 7.
  • 6. Reference examples: Book
    Content: Author’s last name, author’s initials of first and middle names, year published, title, publishing company city location, and name of publication company
    Example:
    Sintic, C. H. (2008). APA Guidelines for This Course. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • 7. Reference examples: Newspapers
    Content: Author’s last name, author’s initials of first and middle names, date published, title, source, issue, page numbers
    Example:
    Sintic, C. H. (2008, March). APA guidelines for this course. Newsweek, 36, 5 – 7.
  • 8. Reference examples: Electronic sources
    Content: Author’s last name, author’s initials of first and middle names, year published, title, retrieval date, and URL address
    Example:
    Sintic, C. H. (2008). APA guidelines for this course. Retrieved March 3, 2008, from http://www.governorsstate/articles.html