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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.

Writing Help

Writing Help

The Writing Center is a great support service for students, which can help you improve your writing skills. You can also check out their pages on KC Portal and Facebook

If you would like to visit the Writing Center in person, it is best to make an appointment first. You can do so by visiting their website. However, walk-ins are also welcome!

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.

You can call the Writing Center at this number: 315-279-5108

If you need extra help with your formatting and citations, you can also email the librarians at for guidance.

Reference Librarian

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