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APA Citation Guide

APA Citation Guide

This is an abbreviated guide to formatting your research paper in APA style and illustrates common citation types in APA format.  For other citation rules or style questions refer to the Style Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, available at the Information Desk at the Library. 


  • Double space with 1" margins on all sides
  • APA recommends using 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Include a “page header" or “running head" at the top of every page.  See the example below.  Create the header by inserting page numbers flush right.  Follow with the “TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" flush left, using all capitals.  Do not exceed 50 characters. 
  • On the title page, center your title in upper and lowercase letters in the upper half of the page.  Beneath the title type your name.  Beneath your name, type the name of your college (institutional affiliation).    Only on the title page, the words, “Running head" will precede the title of your paper.
  • Your paper should include four sections: Title Page, Abstract, Main Body and References.  Check with your instructor to confirm the requirements. 
  • Samples for different types of sources for your list of References follow.  Note that articles, the most common form of sources, can be found in databases, print sources or websites. The citations will vary slightly depending on the origin of the article.  Select the tab in NoodleTools carefully or consult the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for accuracy.


APA Style:  SAMPLE citations for REFERENCES page


Book in Print

Downing, J. M. (Ed.). (2012). Essays on the Father as Caregiver. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.



Rossmo, K. D. (2009). Criminal Investigative Failures. Retrieved from EBSCO eBook Collection database.


Journal Article from a database:

Mackey, B., & Mackey, W. C. (2012). Father Presence and Educational Attainment: Dad As a Catalyst For High School Graduations. Education, 133(1), 139-150. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.


Newspaper Article from a database:

Karlamangla, S. (2013, November 13). Hawaii on same-sex union threshold; The governor may sign the marriage bill as soon as today. Los Angeles Times, sec. AA, p. 2. Retrieved from ProQuest National Newspapers database.


Magazine Article from a database:

Chillot, R. (2013, November/December). Do I Make You Uncomfortable? Psychology Today, 46(6), 70-77.


Kluger, J. (2019, July 18). Elon Musk told us why he thinks we can land on the Moon in 'less than 2 years.' Time website:


Other source types, such as brochures, interviews, video clips and more, can be cited using NoodleTools or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Those cited above are only meant to serve as samples of the most common types of citations.