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Social Work Resources: APA format

APA help

The ultimate source for help with APA format is:

Publication manual of the American psychological association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Below is a link to the APA website that has quick answers to common questions about APA.

The very best online help site is the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. 

APA Template

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 Catherine Agar from the ASAP Writing Help Center!

Setting the Running head and paragraph spacing in MS Word

Watch the first screencast and learn how to set up the Running head in your papers. The second screencast shows you how to change the font and also how to change the line spacing between paragraphs. APA papers must be evenly double spaced but MS Word's default setting is to add an extra line between paragraphs. 

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 on the Centers for Disease Control website. There is no sound, just follow the cursor!
After you create the citation in KnightCite, it can be copied and pasted into your list of references. The in text citation is easy, it is (CDC, 2012) - always use the author and the year of publication. Never use the URL for the in text citation.

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