APA Documentation

Many college courses require students to use APA documentation when writing research papers. If you find yourself wondering just what APA is and why it is so important, you are not alone. For many students, their first exposure to APA occurs during a post-secondary course. Building your basic APA knowledge now will be extremely helpful when you start to work on a research paper.

In this section, you will learn some of the key features of APA documentation. Select from the topics listed below for demonstrations of how to apply the different elements of APA. Please note the demonstrations require a flash player and may work best with the Chrome browser.

A Basic Introduction to APA Documentation

Directions: Select the appropriate APA topic from the tabs on the left. Each presentation offers information in two ways:

  1. Video - Press “Play" to view the video.
  2. Text - Use scroll bar on the right to access the text.
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Getting Started

Directions: Select the appropriate APA topic from the tabs on the left. Each presentation offers information in two ways:

  1. Video - Press “Play" to view the video.
  2. Text - Use scroll bar on the right to access the text.
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General APA Formatting Rules

Directions: Select the appropriate APA topic from the tabs on the left. Each presentation offers information in two ways:

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  2. Text - Use scroll bar on the right to access the text.

For a demonstration of how to create a title page and running head for your essay, watch this video:

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For a script of this video, click here.

In-text citations

Directions: Select the appropriate APA topic from the tabs on the left. Each presentation offers information in two ways:

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  2. Text - Use scroll bar on the right to access the text.
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Reference Pages

Directions: Select the appropriate APA topic from the tabs on the left. Each presentation offers information in two ways:

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  2. Text - Use scroll bar on the right to access the text.
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FAQs

Directions: Select the appropriate APA topic from the tabs on the left. Each presentation offers information in two ways:

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  2. Text - Use scroll bar on the right to access the text.
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To practice using your APA skills, try an APA Reference Page Practice Exercise:

APA Multiple Choice Activity

APA Drag & Drop Activity