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APA 7 Style Guide

Everything you need to know to create a paper using APA style.

About APA Style: Fast Facts

The information contained in this guide has been updated to reflect changes in the 7th edition of the APA Manual. External links contained herein may or may not reflect changes from the old edition. **If you need information about APA 6th edition, you can see that guide at

APA = American Psychological Association, a professional society for psychology and the governing body of APA Style.

  • A proper student APA paper has 3 pages minimum: title page, the paper, and the references.
  • Size 12 font, double-spaced everywhere. There is no font requirement as long as the same font is used throughout the text of the paper. Accepted fonts include Calibri 11, Arial 11, Lucida Sans Unicode 10, Times New Roman 12, and Georgia 11.


Basic APA Citation Anatomy:

References Page

Author Last Name, First Initial. Year Published. Article titled capitalized like a sentence. Name of Journal, volume(issue), page range. DOI number/URL

Example: Light, M. A. & Light, I. H. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8(1), 73-82.

Example: Farelly, E. (2008, March/April). Fear of not having had. Orion.

In-Text (Author Last Name(s), Year, p. #)
Example: (Smith, 2013, p. 43)

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