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Citing Your Sources
Why is citation important? - Citing your sources in college assignments gives you credibility.
Consult these sources for proper APA formatting.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition by The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition is the official source for APA Style. With millions of copies sold worldwide in multiple languages, it is the style manual of choice for writers, researchers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, nursing, communications, education, business, engineering, and other fields. Known for its authoritative, easy-to-use reference and citation system, the Publication Manual also offers guidance on choosing the headings, tables, figures, language, and tone that will result in powerful, concise, and elegant scholarly communication. It guides users through the scholarly writing process--from the ethics of authorship to reporting research through publication. The seventh edition is an indispensable resource for students and professionals to achieve excellence in writing and make an impact with their work. The seventh edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect best practices in scholarly writing and publishing. All formats are in full color, with a new tabbed spiral version Improved ease of navigation, with many additional numbered sections to help users quickly locate answers to their questions Resources for students on writing and formatting annotated bibliographies, response papers, and other paper types as well as guidelines on citing course materials Dedicated chapter for new users of APA Style covering paper elements and format, including sample papers for both professional authors and student writers New chapter on journal article reporting standards that includes updates to reporting standards for quantitative research and the first-ever qualitative and mixed methods reporting standards in APA Style New chapter on bias-free language guidelines for writing about people with respect and inclusivity in areas including age, disability, gender, participation in research, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality More than 100 new reference examples covering periodicals, books, audiovisual media, social media, webpages and websites, and legal resources More than 40 new sample tables and figures Expanded guidance on ethical writing and publishing practices, including how to ensure the appropriate level of citation, avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism, and navigate the publication process Guidelines that support accessibility for all users, including simplified reference, in-text citation, and heading formats as well as additional font options
Call Number: BF76.7 P83 2020
Publication Date: 2019
Formatting a Research Paper
The following formatting rules can be found in the Basics of 7th Edition APA Style (flash file works best in FireFox or Edge and might take a minute to load).
- Font: Use a serif typeface, such as Times New Roman for the body of your paper. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Use a sans serif typeface, like Arial, for labeling any charts, graphs, pictures, or figures that might be included in your paper.
- Margins: You should have a one inch margin around your paper and indent five spaces at the beginning of each new paragraph.
- Line Spacing: Your entire paper should be double spaced, including after headings, in block quotations, and in the references list.
- Headings: Your paper will most likely have main headings only (title, Introduction, etc.). These are bolded and centered. For information on organizing other levels of headings (APA has 5 levels total), consult sections 3.02 and 3.03 in the manual.
- Running Head: This includes the title of your paper and page numbers and it should appear in the header (top) of every page. NOTE: In the 7th edition, the running head is optional for student papers. Confirm with your instructor whether this element is required.
Sample APA Paper from Purdue OWL