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APA Style: Introducing APA

What is APA Style?

APA Style is a standardized format for writing that has been established by the American Psychological Association. It is generally used by students and scholars working within a behavioral science discipline.

Keep in mind that APA Style refers to:

  • the format & structure of your paper.
  • how you cite other authors within the body of your paper.
  • how you compile a references page at the end of your paper.

APA Style Resources

Important Websites

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Center) - APA Guidelines (website) - This site contains all the examples and formatting guidelines you find in the print manual in a browsable website put together by the Purdue Writing Lab staff. 

APA Style Blog (website) - Written and maintained by APA staff, the contributors to the blog answer questions about formatting uncommon resources in APA style. For example, the entry on How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style, is very useful. 

Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style (website) - The APA FAQ page answers some of your most burning questions about APA Style, such as,

  • Why APA Style, What is APA Style? 
  • Do you have example papers?
  • What do I do if I can't find an example reference?

Some Additional APA Guidelines Sites

Apps and Extensions to Help You With APA Citations

Business and Legal Citations

Citing Business Resources (Examples of how to cite our Business databases)

Legal Citation (APA uses the Bluebook which is a uniform system of citation for legal citation.) Below are some useful guides:

A Word About Plagiarism

Following citation style rules helps protect you from unintentionally plagiarizing someone else's work. To learn more about plagiarism, please see La Salle University's policy on Academic Integrity