Open the APA template linked above, save it to your own document name and location, and start typing your paper. Do not forget to delete any explanatory text or unnecessary information to your project, such as unneeded tables or footnotes.
Note: This template was created by consulting the APA Publicational Manual, 6th edition. Some components might not be required for every assignment-- always consult your instructor's assignments and recommendations.
In October 2019, the APA released the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual. The above document represents the 6th edition. The Academic Support Center will be updating all resources at the end of the spring 2020 semester.
Citations with one or two authors
(Black & White, 2011)
Citations with three, four, or five authors
(Black, White, & Red, 2011)—First appearance in the paper
(Black et al., 2011)—Each additional appearance
Citations with 6 or more authors
(Black et al., 2011)
In text citations are necessary whenever a writer is quoting or paraphrasing information from a source.
When quoting, three elements are necessary: the author's last name, year of publication, and the location of the quote (use p. for a page number, and para. for a paragraph number).
Et al. is a phrase that means "among others," which is why it is used when a sources has multiple authors.
If there is no date available, use the abbreviation (n.d.) for no date.
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The best way to compose a Reference page is to determine what kind of source you have, and then finding a sample to mimic. For example, if you have a journal article, look for a sample journal article entry and mimic the formatting and types of information used.
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In October 2019, the APA released an updated version of the APA Publication Manual. Most professors and institutions will fully switch to using only the 7th edition at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
Many things have been altered, and in many cases, the format has been simplified.
Curious to see what's changed? Check it out for yourself.
Here are a few things to look for: The outdated guidelines are in red. The updated guidelines are in green. There are also comment boxes to explore the changes in more detail.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) is another popular citation style. This formatting and citation style is typically used for subjects in the humanities. Here are resources on formatting your essay, formulating your in-text citations, and composing your reference entries on the last page of your essay.
MLA in-text citations are used whenever a writer uses information from an outside sources, no matter if it is quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing. This citation acknowledges that the information comes from that particular source.
In-text citations have two basic components: the author's last name and the location of the material (usually in the form of a page number).
You can decide if you would like to name the writer in the signal phrase or in parentheses.
If you have a source with one or two authors mention all of their names in each citation.
Pink argues "....." (24)
Pink and Green agree ....... (24)
(Pink and Green 24).
3 or More Authors
If you have three or more authors, mention the author who is listed first and use the phrase et al., which is Latin for "among others."
Red et al. presents..... (page number)
(Red et al. 34)
If there is no author listed, use the source's title or shortened version of the title. If it is an article or other work within a larger publication, use quotes around the title. If it is a larger, stand alone work, use italics.
("All the Colors" 23)
(Works of Art 90)
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