Citations, similar to formatting, are used to aid the reader. A reader should be able to easily locate the sources used in the paper or manuscript. This is achieved by using both in-text citations and references.
Below you will find the APA Template and the APA Sample Paper.
About APA Style
The best scientific writing is simple and straightforward. It spotlights the ideas being presented, not the manner of presentation. Paper structure, word choice, punctuation, graphics, and references are all chosen to move your ideas forward with minimum distraction.
To achieve clear communication, publishers have developed rules of style. These rules are designed to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. Editorial style concerns uniform use of such elements as
When your instructors ask you to write in APA Style, they are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field. APA Style was first developed 80 years ago by a group of social scientists who wished to establish sound standards of communication. Since that time, it has been adopted by leaders in many fields and has been used by writers around the world.
APA's style rules and guidelines are set out in a reference book called The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
Some resources may not have all of the elements needed to create a reference or an in-text citation.
Move the title (or abbreviation of a long title) to the Author position of a citation when an author is not provided.
Use the abbreviation n.d. in the date segment of the citation.
Consult the chart below created by American Psychological Association's APA Style Experts for assistance when information for a citation may be missing: