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APA 7 Citation & Style

A resource guide to help you cite sources in APA 7.

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APA = Citations and Beyond

What is APA?

When most people think of APA, they think of citations and research.Quote source icon

That is partially accurate because APA style does provide a format for including and giving credit for research in our writing.

But APA is actually much more than just citations…

APA stands for American Psychological Association, which is the organization that creates and maintains the APA style. 

APA style is a broad but specific set of guidelines for clear and precise writing in various professional fields.

In the video below, Keri from the Writing Center gives a 5-minute overview of APA style.

Things to understand about APA style:

APA style helps writers and readers by providing guidelines for uniformity, consistency, and clear, concise, and organized writing:

  • Formatting - How we set up technical aspects of the paper/the "look" of the paper
  • Organization - Ensures that the order of ideas presented are predictable and consistent
  • Language - Provides guides and suggestions to ensure the language we use in our writing is respectful, bias-free, and "academic"
  • Citation of Research - Allows us to easily and briefly give credit to our sources within our writing
  • References - Provides a uniform structure to give readers all of the information they need to know exactly where our comformation came from (and find it themselves, if they choose).

APA is used by millions of people around the world in the workplace for fields such as psychology, education, nursing, and social work. It is also common for college coursework to require that writing follows some kind of uniform format (whether APA, MLA, AMA, Chicago, etc.) and lots of college coursework requires students to be comfortable with finding, using, and citing research.

There are several aspects to APA style:

These are each addressed in greater detail on other pages of this LibGuide

Still looking for more information on APA?

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Credit for Content on this Guide

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This guide was created collaboratively by various Western Technical College Learning Commons staff members and is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-4.0 International License.

Suggested citation for this guide: Western Technical College Learning Commons. (2023). APA 7 citation & style. CC BY.

Recommendations on this guide follow those outlined in: American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.

In addition, this guide reuses some materials and content adapted from: Excelsior Online Writing Lab. (2022). APA Style. Content used with permission thanks to their Creative Commons Attribution-4.0 International License.

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