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Looking for help with APA format? Check out the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
APA Style and APA Blog
Provides answers to commonly asked questions about APA format and citation style.
OWL at Purdue
OWL stands for Online Writing Lab. OWL has all the APA format guidelines and citation examples to help you with your citations, as well as a sample APA style paper to give you an idea of what it should look like.
Download and save this handy APA template document. Add your own information, deleting the instructions, and all the formatting has been done for you! Many thanks to the ASAP Writing Help Center!
Running head & paragraph spacing
The following two screencasts demonstrate how to set up the Running head in your papers and how to change the font and paragraph spacing.
Plagiarism quiz and tutorial from the University of Texas
Take a few moments to watch the short video on academic integrity and learn more about plagiarism. After viewing the video and taking the tutorial, you should be able to:
- Define plagiarism
- Determine what sources need to be cited in your writing
- Paraphrase the words of others
- Effectively incorporate quotations in your own writing
- Describe other methods that can be used to avoid plagiarism
What is a citation?
Learn about citations by watching this video from North Carolina State University Library. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license.
This citation generating site is from the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On the home page of KnightCite, select APA from the 3 citation styles, then select the type of information resource. Fill in the blanks and generate your citation. Once the citation has been generated, copy and paste it into your list of references.
Citing a Website
- If you are citing a website from a business, an organization or a government agency, unless you can find a person's name, the author is the business, organization or agency.
- The publication date is often found at the very bottom of the home page.
- For help with citing, try using KnightCite. Take a look at this short video that walks you through doing a citation for a web document about chickenpox on the Centers for Disease Control website. There is no sound, just follow the cursor.
- After you create the citation using KnightCite, copy and paste into your list of references. The in text citation is (CDC, 2012) - always use the author and the year of publication. Never use the URL for the in text citation.