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What is an APA Citation?

APA is a style guide for citations from the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Citation style guides show you what information to include in each citation and how to organize your list of citations.

APA citation style is primarily used for research papers in nursing and social sciences classes although some instructors in other subject areas also use APA.

Quick Hints for a List of APA Citations - The APA References List

Quick Hints for a List of APA Citations

  • List your citations on a new page at the end of your paper.
  • References - Use References as the title for your list of citations (not Citations, Bibliography or Works Cited)
  • Citations are organized alphabetically by the last name of the author of your article, book or other source.
         (Check the APA How Do I Deal With...? page if you don't have an author)
  • Citations are formatted with a hanging indent.  Watch this APA Hacks video for "how-to" instructions on hanging indents..

Use the links below to see examples of APA References pages.

Examples of APA Citations and Guidelines for Citations

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