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APA Citation

Formatting rules

Double-space your paper, including the reference list.

Format reference list entries with a hanging indent (.5 inch or 1.27 cm). To do this in Microsoft Word highlight all of the text in the reference list, right click, select paragraph and change the Special drop down menu to Hanging. 

Insert a header with the page numbers and a shortened version of your title (a running head). To do this in Microsoft Word follow these instructions from Sheridan College: How to Insert a Header (APA) 

The Purdue OWL APA Formatting and Style Guide has an example of an APA title page and a sample paper.

Your professor may have specific instructions that vary from this APA formatting.

Appendices

A few things to keep in mind about appendices:

  • If there is only one appendix, it should be labeled Appendix, centered at the top of the page
  • If there is more than one appendix, each one should be labeled with a capital letter and also centered
    • Appendix A, Appendix B, etc
  • Each appendix should start on a new page
  • An appendix can include figures and graphs
    • If only one appendix any figures should be should be labeled as Figure A1 and tables should be labeled as Table A1
    • If multiple appendices figures and tables should include the letter of the appendix that the figure or table appears in as demonstrated above (Figure B1, Table B1, Table C1, etc.)
  • All figures and tables that appear in an appendix must be cited within the appendix and numbered in the order that they are referred to in your paper
  • If the only thing in your appendix is a table, the title of the appendix serves as the table number and title
  • If you have multiple tables each table should have its own appendix
    • If not, each table must then be numbered

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