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Citation Style: APA: Welcome

What is APA Style and Why Is It Important?

What is APA Style?

APA Style was developed by the American Psychological Association and refers to a set of guidelines and conventions used to format research papers, in-text citations, and lists of references.  These guidelines dictate certain rules about how to do the spacing, font, margins, headers, and citations within your paper. By applying these rules, you can ensure that your instructor will focus on the content of your paper, rather than the manner of presentation.

Benefits of using APA Style:

  • Your work will be easier to read and understand.
  • Using rules on mechanics and style will improve your written communication skills.
  • APA style provides a standard, consistent system for giving credit to others for their ideas. Following these guidelines will help you to avoid plagiarism in your writing.
  • APA Style is widely accepted and is commonly used in professional publications.

The Order of Sections in Your APA Paper

The sections of your paper will follow a defined order: title page, abstract, main body, references. For each section, see the corresponding tab at the top of the page for the rules to follow for proper APA formatting.

Where Can I Get Help?

Where Can I Get Help with APA Style?

The librarians at Lightner Library are all happy to help you with the APA formatting and citation style in your paper. Visit us at the Reference Desk in the library or email us at to ask a question. If you show us your paper, we can take a quick look to make sure you have followed APA Style correctly.


Writing Help for On-Campus Students

The on-campus Writing Center is available for students to get help with grammar, punctuation, APA, and more. For more information about this service, visit Keuka College's Tutoring & Support page


Writing Help for CPS Students

The CPS Writing Center is a great support service for students, which can help you improve your writing skills.

They have provided the CPS Writing Style Guide, a fantastic resource to help you with all aspects of your writing that you will need in order to complete your program. The Style Guide includes sections on APA citation, grammar, punctuation, thesis statements, transitions, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and much more.

To get feedback on your writing, you can e-mail your paper to the Writing Center at

Your corrected paper will be returned via e-mail usually within 24 hours during the week. However, you will need to allow 48 hours on the weekend, since they are not open during the weekend.

For a quick check-over of your APA format and citations, you can also email your paper to the CPS Librarian, April Higgins at

Reference Librarian

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