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APA Research Paper Formatting: Home

APA (American Psychological Association) style was developed by social and behavioral scientists to standardize scientific writing. It is used for term papers, research reports, empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles, methodological articles, and case studies. (APA website)

Writers in the following disciplines usually use APA style:

  • Social sciences- psychology, sociology, economics, criminology
  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Education

*IMPORTANT NOTE: In October 2019 the American Psychological Association released the latest edition of the APA format - the 7th edition. For Spring term 2021 many instructors will have shifted to using APA 7th edition, while some may still request (or allow) students to choose APA 6th edition. It would be a good idea to verify which edition your professor will be requiring.  

As of 9/23/2020, the APA citation generator in the Gale databases are now formatting APA citations in 7th edition instead of 6th edition.

This Library Guide will also be updated through the month of January 2021, to contain additional resources for the 7th edition. (7th edition resources are currently at the bottom this page.) 


APA - Publication Manual

Image of book cover of the APA's Publication Manual A thorough explanation of APA format may be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  If you expect to be writing many papers in APA format over this term, you may wish to purchase a copy for your own reference. *Be sure to purchase a "new" copy of the 6th ed. guide, in lieu of a "used" copy, as the first printing of the manual had numerous errors. 

(In 2021 or 2022 instructors will be using the 7th edition instead.)

APA 6th ed. Template & Paper Sample

How to Use the APA Template

How Do I Write a Thesis Statement?

Free Citation Creation Tools on the Web

How to Generate Citations Using CiteFast

Everything APA - Seek and Ye Shall Find

APA 7th Edition Resources

Image of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Seventh Edition  "Change is the only constant in life." -Heraclitus

APA 7th Edition Resources:


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