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APA Citation Guide: APA Style

APA Style

These sites provide a guide to using the APA style

Paper Formatting Tips

MS Word has lots of useful templates to help you format your work, including an APA Style Paper template that follows the 6th edition of the APA Manual.

  • In Word, go to File > New
  • Search for the APA template (enter "APA" in the search box)
  • Select the APA Style Paper template

Use this along your choice of bibliographic management system.

APA, Literature Review, and Research Proposal Formats

UNC Writing Center link to APA Citation handouts‚Äč


Citation Universal: Lots of examples, with a few minor errors (e.g., extra punctuation). But, correct Ex. 2 to include issue number for the journal paginated by issue. 


APA’s help site - tutorial on APA basics, FAQs, blog with Q&As 


University of Wisconsin’s Writing Center APA Overview


Citing Emails, Interviews, Lectures, etc. in APA Format

Emails, letters, memos, telephone conversations, lectures, course materials handed out in class or provided via Blackboard, and personal interviews are considered personal communications in APA. This type of communication can be difficult to provide recoverable data; therefore, these types of communication are not included in the Reference list. Cite personal communications within the body of your paper only.


In an interview, Sally Shoefeld explained the treatment for an accident victim (personal communication, December 18, 2011).

Note: For more information about personal communciations, see page 179 in the APA Manual, 6th edition.


APA Style Guides

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