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APA Style Guide

What is APA?

APA style was created by the American Psychological Association. It is a set of rules for publications, including college research papers. APA provides guidelines that can apply to most disciplines, but it is most commonly used within the social sciences. 

In APA, you must cite sources that you have paraphrased, quoted, or otherwise used to write your research paper. Cite your sources in two places:

  1. In the body of your paper where you add a brief in-text citation.
  2. In the Reference list at the end of your paper where you give more complete information for the source.