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APA Citation Workshop: APA Formatting

Activities for the APA workshop

APA presentation

Citation & Style Guides

APA Style

APA Style blog

Online Citation Generators

APA Top Tips

1. Remember why we cite: Credit your sources, build your credibility, and save time (yours, if you want to find things again, and your instructors' if they need to check)

2. Follow an online guide, or look at the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

3. Before you check the guide, ask yourself 'what is this that I'm referencing?'. Don't waste time looking at examples for something different. 

3. Use a citation tool: Many of our databases will format the references for you! But check an APA guide to make sure there are no mistakes!

4. Use the Hanging Indent tool in Microsoft word

5. Use the Case tool in Microsoft word. 

6. Do you have a lot of assignments requiring reference lists or works cited lists? You might want to try a reference management software system-they do the formatting for you!

Citation activity

1. Look at the information about this article and this other article

2. Open a Word document and create a reference list entry for the article. Make sure spacing, fonts, indents, punctuation, etc. all match APA style. 

Use database citation tools

Hanging Indents in MS Word

The video demos: the EBSCO citing tool, formatting a hanging indent, and double-spacing your document. Click video at any time to pause

The Case tool in MS Word

1. Select the text.

2. Use the Aa button on the Home ribbon of Microsoft word to select the correct case. 

Note that in APA:

  • article titles are "Sentence case" (capitalize only the first word, proper nouns, and first word after punctuation)
  • journal titles all have the first letter capitalized (except for prepositions shorter than three letters long). 

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