Answered By: Katie Sherwood
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2016     Views: 175

APA style is both a way to format your paper (like double space, where to put page numbers, etc.) and a way to cite your sources.

For formatting rules see the APA guide on the library website.

The citation rules are a bit more complicated:

  • Every time you quote or summarize someone’s idea, you need to cite it in the body of your paper. You can find the rules for how to cite sources in the body of your paper on the APA guide or at Purdue OWL.
  • For every in-text citation, you need a corresponding citation at the end of your paper on the “References” page. See the APA guide for example of how to create a reference.

Ask your campus librarian any questions you may have. 

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