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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.

Instructional Aids for Faculty and Students

The resources linked on this page are created by the Style Experts at the American Psychological Association. Visit the APA Style Blog to view all resources and instructional tools.

 

Headings

Order of Pages

The resources linked on this page are created by the Style Experts at the American Psychological Association. Visit the APA Style Blog to view all resources and instructional tools.

 

Creating References

 

Creating In-Text Citations

The resources linked on this page are created by the Style Experts at the American Psychological Association. Visit the APA Style Blog to view all resources and instructional tools.

Integrating Source Materials into an APA-Style Paper

The resources linked on this page are created by the Style Experts at the American Psychological Association. Visit the APA Style Blog to view all resources and instructional tools.

 

Tables

View the tutorials below to learn more about creating tables in the APA style.

Table Components

Learn about the components of a table, including how to number and title a table, use table headings, construct the table itself, write table notes, and use other marks or spacing.

Academic Writer

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Table Guidelines

Learn about the guidelines for creating a table, including how to lay out a table, how to create standard table types and what to use them for, and how to discuss table data in the text or among multiple tables.

Academic Writer

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Figures

View the tutorials below to learn about how to create figures in the APA style.

Figure Components

Learn about the components of a figure, including how to create an effective image, use a legend, and write a caption.

Academic Writer

© 2021 American Psychological Association.

Table Guidelines

Learn about the guidelines for creating a table, including how to lay out a table, how to create standard table types and what to use them for, and how to discuss table data in the text or among multiple tables.

Academic Writer

© 2021 American Psychological Association.

Academic Writing in the APA Style

Communicating a message in a clear and logical manner is the goal of academic writing.  View the "quick lessons" linked below to gain a better understanding of the qualities of effective academic writing.

 

Clarity

Learn how to write precisely and clearly, including how to make good word choices, avoid colloquialisms and jargon, make logical comparisons, and keep attributions clear.

Academic Writer

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Conciseness

Learn how to write concisely, including how to avoid wordiness and redundancy and select appropriate lengths for sentences and paragraphs.

Academic Writer

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Continuity

Learn how to create continuity in the presentation of your ideas through the use of punctuation and transitional words.

Academic Writer

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Tone

Learn how to achieve the appropriate tone for a scientific paper, including strategies for remaining professional yet persuasive.

Academic Writer

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