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APA Instructions

When do I use APA?

Use APA when you are citing a source in:

  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Science (Anthropology, Family Studies, Business)
  • Some Religion and English classes

Consult with your teacher to learn what style your discipline uses before using APA Style in your work. If APA Style is appropriate for your writing project, use the links below to learn more about the latest version of APA (i.e., APA 7) and how to follow its rules correctly in your own work.

APA Handout HERE

APA Power Point Instructions HERE

Top 5 Searching Strategies HERE


Helpful Resource:

Owl @ The University of Purdue Writing Lab

Citation Generator Website:

In-Text Citation Basic Format:

When following the APA format, follow the author, date format for in-text citations. Ex. (Engell, 2020).

Reference List Examples:

Book, Single Author Format:

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name. 

Stoneman, R. (2008). Alexander the Great: A life in legend. Yale University Press.

Website with author:

Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL

Price, D. (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium.

Website written by a group or organization:

Group name. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (2019, November 21). Justice served: Case closed for over 40 dogfighting victims.

Website with no author:

Title of page. (Year, Month Date). Site name. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL

Tuscan white bean pasta. (2018, February 25). Budget Bytes. Retrieved March 18, 2020, from

Still have questions? Email your Library Staff for help. or

All content taken from: The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008, Accessed 2 February. 2021.