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Citing Sources in APA 7

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


Your References page gives a complete list of the sources used (and cited!) in your paper. Each source has its own entry and the full list should follow these rules:

  • Begin on a new page end of your essay
  • Alphabetize entries by the authors’ last names. (Use the title if there isn't an author.)
  • Center and bold the word References at the top of the page.
  • Double-space 
  • Use a hanging indent of 0.5 inches for each reference. (This means the first line of each entry will be flush against the left margin, and subsequent lines are indented 0.5 inches.)

Sometimes it's clearer to see it in action... The video below shows an example and covers the basics. 

Video from APA In-Text Citations by Excelsior Online Writing Lab, 2020 ( CC BY. Note: video transcript available on original site. 


Examples of References:

Journal article

Lei, S. A. (2015). Variation in study patterns among college students: A review of literature. College Student Journal49(2), 195–198.


Comito, L. (Ed.). (2019). Tech for all. Rowman and Littlefield.


Community Development. (2019). La Crosse County. 


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.

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