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APA Style Guide, 6th Edition (2010): Home

About This Guide

This American Psychological Association (APA) formatting style guide is designed to help you create APA citation style in-text citations and a references list for your research paper.  Use the tabs above to locate APA books at WNC Library, video tutorials, and citation generators.

If you need additional help writing your paper using the APA style, please consult your instructor or contact the library for additional help.  Remember, if your instructor gives you different guidelines than are presented in the websites listed on this page, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDELINES.

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APA Publication Manual

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed is the best source of information for writing a paper in the APA style. Copies are available for check out  at the WNC Library.


Many of the WNC faculty check their students’ papers for plagiarism using a software program called “Turnitin.”  To find out more information about plagiarism, go to the Plagiarism Research Guide.

Favorite APA Style Websites

APA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue OWL).  From the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), this site provides extensive explanation and examples of APA style. Sample research paper.

APA Style Citation Guide (Seattle). This useful handout  from the Seattle Central Community College Library covers  the basics of the APA citation style in an easy to use format.  Explains how to make hanging indents for your references list too!

APA Citation Guide from the Santa Fe College Library (Gainesville, FL). This research guide includes information on paper formatting, examples of citations and in-text citations, and video tutorials. 

APA Style Guide. This site from the Valencia College Library provides examples of APA in-text citations, references, and how to format a paper. Provides examples for both the 6th & 7th editions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, ask your instructor which edition to use.

APA Style Help from the American Psychological Association.

Formatting Title Page and Headers in APA from Clark College Libraries

Capitalization Rules from the APA Style Blog.

Writing In-Text Citations in APA Style & When and How to Include Page Numbers in APA Style Citations from the APA Style Blog.

Sample research papers. An expanded list of sample papers from Skyline College.


Additional APA Websites

The websites listed below provide examples of citing books, articles, web pages, other research sources, and how to compose in-text citations in the APA citation style.

Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style . This site, from the American Psychological Association, answers the most frequently asked questions on using the APA style.

DOI, URL, Database Name, Accession Number or Permalink. An excellent explanation of when to use a DOI number, a URL, or a permalink from the Rasmussen College Library. If your article does not have a DOI number some instructors will allow you to use the permalink provided by the database instead of the journal URL.  Always check with your instructors to see which method they prefer. 

Citing Sources: APA Style. This site, from the Lansing Community College Library, gives examples of using the APA citation style to compile a works cited page and write in-text citations.

Citing Sources. APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA citation style guides from the Coates Library at Trinity University. (APA style citations handout.)