APA citation style - 7th edition

Reference list - overview

The alphabetical list of references that appears at the end of your paper contains more information about all of the sources you have used allowing readers to refer to them, as needed. The main characteristics are:

  • The list of references must be on a new page at the end of your text
  • The word References should be written in bold and centered at the top of the page
  • Entries are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name or by the title if there is no author
  • Titles of larger works (i.e. books, journals, encyclopedias) are italicized
  • Entries are double-spaced (for the purposes of this handout, single-spacing is used)
  • For each entry, the first line is typed flush with the left margin. Additional lines are indented as a group, 0.5 inches to the right of the left margin (hanging indent)

Below are some examples of the most common types of sources including online sources (Web and databases). For more examples, refer to Chapter 10 of the Publication Manual.

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