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Citing Sources in APA 7

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

APA References Page General Formatting Guidelines

Your References page gives a complete list of the sources used (and cited!) in your paper. Each source has its own entry and will correspond with the in-text citations used in your paper. 

In the video below, Keri from the Writing Center explains some of the general formatting guidelines for a References page in APA style.

Some things to remember about formatting your References page:

  • The References page should appear on the next NEW page following the conclusion of your essay
  • Write the word References centered and bolded at the top of the page.
  • Utilize a hanging indent for each entry (first line of each entry will be flush against the left margin, and subsequent lines are indented)
  • Double space evenly throughout the page (with no extra spaces in between entries)
  • Alphabetize entries by the first element in each entry

Example APA References page:

Looking for More Information?

Check out the example reference entries elsewhere on this guide or visit the recommend sites linked below. 

Create an APA References Page

In this 7-minute video, you can view a step-by-step guide to creating a Reference page in APA format.  The video demonstrates how to recognize and correct the most common errors in database citation generators, as well as how to insert hanging indent-format and proper spacing.

Hanging indent and spacing in APA References Page

In this 2-minute video, you can view a quick demonstration of how to insert hanging indent format and ensure proper spacing in your APA style Reference page.

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