Established by the American Psychological Association (APA), APA style is a set of rules and conventions that are used when documenting resources in an academic work. This citation style is the preferred format of the social science disciplines and is outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. If your paper addresses the technical details of human behavior, it’s very likely you’ll be using this style. The Psychology and Nursing Departments at Villanova University require students to use APA 6th ed. style for all course related assignments. This style is also used in the Business Department, however, the examples of how to cite sources in the APA Manual don't closely parallel common business sources.
A quick tutorial designed by the APA for those who have no previous knowledge of APA style. It will show you how to structure and format your work, give tips to reduce bias, help you avoid plagiarism, and provide examples of in-text citations and references.
Gives examples of the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. Also includes a sample paper, a PowerPoint slide presentation, and tips for avoiding bias.
Official APA website. Search by keyword or explore their "Quick Answers" sections about references (in-text citations, websites, YouTube, Twitter, E-books, DOIs, and more) and formatting (title page, table of contents, running head, margins, tables, figures, and more).
Downloadable PDF that outlines key elements when citing electronic resources. Provides examples of citations for you to model everything from books, online journals articles, data sets and measurement instruments to videos, apps, websites, podcasts, blog posts, and social media.
Guide to formatting just about any in-text citation. Use their drop-down menu to quickly find almost every citation format.
Guide to creating and formatting your reference list. Use their drop-down menu to quickly find almost every kind of source.
A guide to in-text citations and references. Includes every source from Twitter, Facebook, websites and media to market research reports, company reports, data and statistics, informal surveys and interviews, books, articles, and tables and figures.
A slideshow created by our Subject Librarian for Business, Linda Hauck, that shows you how to create a reference list. Includes links to other resources as well.
Using plenty of images, this guide shows you how to get citations from library databases. Also provides APA style examples for web page articles (not part of a journal or newspaper), digital newsletters, research reports, and data sets or statistics.
The official guide to APA style. Ask at the Reference/Information Desk or find it in the library @ BF76.7 .P83 2010.
A downloadable PDF document. Includes examples of journal article, book, and web references. Links to other helpful resources.
A downloadable PowerPoint guide to APA style for nursing students. It includes help with journal article, book and web references, in-text citations, paraphrasing, and DOIs.
A sample bibliography with an emphasis on nursing resources. Downloadable as a PDF.
A blog post by our Subject Librarian for Nursing, Barbara Quintiliano, who explains what a "DOI" is, how to get it, and how you place it in your reference list.
The official guide to APA style. Ask at the Reference/Information Desk or find it in the library @ BF76.7 .P83 2010. Copies are also located in LRC and Health Promotion Library.
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For more FAQs answered by the APA that include general, reference, punctuation, grammar and writing style, and formatting questions, try this: Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style.
RefWorks is is a Web-based software package designed to help you easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
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Check out the print copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., or use it in the library while you research.
Ask for the Concise Rules of APA Style at the front desk.
Make life easier with APA Style Simplified.
Look over the BF 76.7 section for other print resources on APA style.