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APA Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you cite sources in APA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what APA style is and includes, find examples of APA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in APA, and more.

Formatting your Reference List


The APA includes the following guidelines on how to format the reference list of your paper.  For more information, see pages 39-40 of the Publication Manual.

  • Start the reference list on a new page.
  • The reference list is directly after the main body of text and before any supplemental information like tables, appendices, and/or figures.
  • The page should be labeled "References" and References should be bold and centered on the page.
  • Double-space all reference list entries.
  • Use a hanging indent for all references.