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APA 7th Edition Guide

This guide provides an overview of the APA citation style and provides students with basic information to begin learning and applying this style in their academic writing.

APA 7th Edition - The Basics

Components of an APA Paper

Setting up the paper: APA Formatting  

  • Double-spaced, one-inch margins
  • Six acceptable fonts
  • Title page format
  • Headings

In-Text Citations

  • Format of in-text citations for paraphrases or summaries: (Author, Date).
  • Format of in-text citations for quotations: (Author, Date, p. #)
  • Place in-text citations at the end of a sentence (parenthetical) or in the sentence (narrative) where information from the source material is integrated.


  • References are composed of four elements: Author. (Date). Title. Source.
  • References appear alphabetically in the reference list, often on the last page of your APA paper.

Citation Tools

Rasmussen University students have access to two resources that can be used to generate APA-style references: 

Six Steps to Proper Citation

Follow this process to gather, integrate, and properly cite information found through your research process into your research assignment.


Where to Find Help

APA Tutoring

Make an appointment with an APA tutor to review your paper for the following:

  • Title page
  • Body of paper formatting
  • References list
  • In-text citations

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APA Style Experts: Blog & Style and Grammar Guidelines

The APA Style Experts have created two helpful resources, the APA Style Blog and the APA Style and Grammar Guidelines:

Consider bookmarking these helpful websites!