APA Style Guide
FROM THE WRITING CENTER
@ THE A.R.C.
• American Psychological Association
• Used in writing for the behavioral and social sciences
• Style of research presentation
Four Main Sections
• Title Page
• Main Body
Running Header: TITLE NAME
Unless you have an extensive
publishing record or professional
background, don’t worry about the
“Abstract” is centered in plain font.
Block format- no indentation.
Not always required.
Used in research to help other
researchers quickly decipher if the
study is of significance.
Title in Title Case is Centered at
Regular paper begins.
Use 3rd person and active voice.
Labeled References at the top, centered
Alphabetical order, then organized by year.
Don’t use Title Case Even for the Titles. Use
sentence case for everything.
Convert all Roman numerals to Arabic numerals
Don’t cite classical works or personal
communications. No one else can find them.
References Basic Formats
Author.(Publication Year).Book Title: Book Subtitle. Publication City, State (abbreviated) or country of
Author.(Publication Year).Article title. In initial(s). Last Name of Editor (ED.),Book Title: Book
Subtitle.(pp. Page Numbers) Publication City, State (abbreviated) or country of publication.
Author of website or post.(Date of Most Recent Update). Title of website or post. Retrieval date, from
–Can be signal phrase or parenthetical
–Parenthetical citations are separated by a comma
•Classical works and personal communications are
•For more information on References and In Text
Citations See the APA Citation Module.