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Getting Started

with APA Citation Style

What is APA Style?
American Psychological Association (APA) style is one of several styles for academic writing. This guide covers
frequently used citation forms. The sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
(BF 76.7 .P83 2010) is a comprehensive resource, available at most UBC Libraries.

General Rules
• Formatting: The preferred APA font is a serif typeface such as Times New Roman with 12-point size. Double-
space between all lines of text, including the reference list. Have uniform margins of at least 1 in. (2.54 cm)
on all sides.
• Hanging indents should be used for the reference list entries. This means that all lines after the first line of each
entry should be indented one half inch from the left margin (in Word 2007 use Paragraph>Special>Hanging).
• Arrange reference list entries in alphabetical order by the surname of the first author or by title if there is no
author. Use only the initial(s) of the author's given name, not the full name, with a space between the initials.
• If the reference list includes two or more entries by the same author(s), list them in chronological order (oldest
first). Add a lower case letter (a, b, etc.) after the year, within the parentheses.
• Capitalize only the first letter of the first word in the article or book title. Proper nouns are also capitalized
as well as the word following a colon (subtitle). Journal titles should have every major word capitalized.
• Italicize journal titles, volume numbers and even the comma following the journal title. Do not italicize issue
numbers (i.e., the number which appears in parentheses after the volume number).
• References cited in the text must appear in the reference list and vice versa. The only exceptions to this rule
are personal communications and secondary sources, which are cited in the text only and are not included
in the reference list.

Citations in Text
1. When using a direct quotation, include the page number of the quote.
• Stereotypes have been defined as “generalized and usually value-laden impressions that one’s social group
uses in characterizing members of another group” (Lindgren, 2001, p. 1617).

2. When paraphrasing an idea, the citation will include author(s) and date.
• Author’s name given in the body of your paper:
• Lindgren (2001) reported…
• Author’s name not given in the body of your paper:
• A study of the comparison process (Lindgren, 2001)

3. For electronic sources without page numbers, use the abbreviation para. If the paragraph number is not
apparent, cite the section heading and the paragraph number following it.
• (Myers, 2000, para. 5)
• (Butler, 2000, Conclusion, para. 1)

4. Order two or more works within the same parentheses as they would appear in the reference list.
• Past research (Heschl, 2001, 2005; Noonan & Johnson, 2002a, 2002b; Wolchuk et al., 2000) has shown…

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