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Citations: APA Style

Everything you need to know to create a paper using APA style.

About APA Style: Fast Facts

  • APA = American Psychological Association, a professional society for psychology and the governing body of APA Style.
  • A proper APA paper has 4 pages minimum: title page, abstract, the paper, and the references.
  • Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced everywhere, including in the running head.

Basic APA Citation Anatomy:

References Page

Author Last Name, First Initial. Year Published. Article titled capitalized like a sentence. Name of Journal, volume(issue), page range. DOI number/URL

ex, Light, M. A. & Light, I. H. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8(1), 73-82.

ex, Farelly, E. (2008, March/April). Fear of not having had. Orion. Retrieved from

In-Text (Author Last Name(s), Year, p. #)
ex, (Smith, 2013, p. 43)


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