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APA 7 Citation & Style

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

APA Reference Page General Formatting Guidelines

Your Reference 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 List:



Frey, K.B. (2018). Surgical technology for the surgical technologist (5th ed.). Cengage.

Grunwald, A. T. D., Roy, S., Alves-Pinto, A., & Lampe, R. (2021). Assessment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis from body scanner image by finite element simulations. PLoS ONE, 16(2).

Lustosa, L. (2023). Scoliosis. Radiopaedia.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases. (2019). Scoliosis in children and teens. National Institute of Health.

Practice creating APA References entries:

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

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