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APA Citation Style (Seventh edition)

This guide will assist students in learning APA style and applying it when writing and formatting papers and other course assignments.

APA Style Overview

The APA Style, 7th edition was published in 2020, superceding the 6th edition. NSCC Libraries will provide instruction and support on both the 6th and 7th editions of the APA bibliographic style until June 30,2021. After this date, the APA 6th ed subject guide, and corresponding print handout, will be removed.

The APA style is often used when writing research papers and documenting information sources in the social sciences. APA stands for the American Psychological Association.

It is highly recommended to consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed., 2020 for additional information on APA style. Copies of the APA Publication Manual are located at your campus library.

Changes to the 7th ed. APA Manual

Streefkerk, R. (2020, May 8). APA manual 7th edition: The most notable changes. Scribbr.

Formatting Basics

When formatting your research paper according to APA style, use the following guidelines:

  • Insert a page number, flush right, in the header of every page.
  • Use a font that is accessible, i.e. 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 12-point Times New Roman. 
  • Double space the entire paper and reference list, with 1-inch margins on all sides. 
  • Indent the first line of every paragraph in the body of your paper by 0.5 inches. 
Reference Page
- Label the Reference page References capitalized, in bold, and centered at the top of the page.
- Use a hanging indent for references. 
- Organize references alphabetically by the surname of the first author. 
- Insert page number flush right in the header.

Title Page

Students should follow the guidelines of their instructor when determining what elements to include on the title page and how to format them. Otherwise, students should include the following elements on the title page.

- Title of the paper
- Author's name
- Institutional affiliation
- Course number and name
- Instructor name
- Assignment due date
- Page number flush right in the header

Consult the Online Writing Lab (OWL) to see an example of a title page.

APA Handout for Student Title Page