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Citation Styles

Help with different citation styles including how to format citations.

Online Sources for APA Style, 7th Edition

APA Website 

Many of the APA style guidelines and a great number of the most commonly needed examples can be found at the official APA website

Additional APA Resources: 

Tutorial developed by the ASU Library for learning about APA Style. 

OWL - the Purdue (University) Online Writing Lab.

Blog offers opportunities to ask citation style questions and get help from the APA community especially when the answer cannot be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Please note: these online sources are helpful in resolving citation style questions, however, they are not the official APA Style guide but rather an interpretation of the citation style and may be prone to inaccuracies. Always consult the official style manual first for the most accurate information.

Who Should Use APA Citation Style?

American Psychological Association Style or APA Style is generally used by disciplines within the Social Sciences.

Disciplines Using APA Style Include But Are Not Limited to:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

How to Use this Guide

This guide is divided into several sections. The main APA page provides an overview of this citation style, who should use it, and identifies print and online sources. The three additional sections discuss the basic guidelines for using APA style, 7th ed. Including in-text citations; reference list that include when to capitalize & italicize words, indention & spacing etc.; and examples of how different resources are formatted in APA.

Publication Manual of the APA

Citation styles change over time; the advent of the Internet and the increasing number at material types [e.g. web pages, e-journals etc.) have contributed to some of these changes. When using a specific citation style be sure to use a resource such as the style manual or website that reflects the current edition.

Print copies of the most current edition are available in the following ASU Library locations:

Hayden Reserve [2 copies] Polytechnic Reference [2 copies]
Downtown Reference [2 copies] West (Fletcher) Reference [2 copies]
Music Reference [2 copies] Hayden Stacks [2 copies]
Noble Reference [2 copies] Polytechnic Stacks [1 copy]

Guides to Using APA Style

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