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APA Writing & Citing Guide

APA examples provided are not exhaustive. Students must seek assistance from the Writing Centre and/or their Professor for specific or problematic references. The library is not responsible for errors, omissions or problems of interpretation. Last Updated

Why do we need to cite, anyway?

Why should we cite?

You need to cite to ensure...

  • You give credit to the original authors/sources of information and avoid plagiarism
  • Your readers can quickly access your original sources
  • You add credibility to your assignments and help prove your arguments.

Colleges/Universities, subject areas and professions select and use a standard method of citation. Be sure to check with your Professor on what method to use.

 

Your APA Formatted Paper

APA format requires that your paper include:

  • A cover or title page
  • The paper itself (body/text)
  • A references page
  • Appendices (if necessary)

We strongly recommend that you:

  • Gather citations for the sources you plan to use as you do your research
  • Prepare your reference page BEFORE you write your paper
  • Check the Tips & Hints section for time savers
  • Use Citation Generators & database "Cite" features with caution - great as starting points, but not 100% accurate

With these two tasks done, you can simply insert your references as you cite them, greatly simplifying the task!

Review the sections of this box for specific tips about each section of your paper, more resources & helpful videos that explain how to apply APA formatting in Microsoft Word.

 

To view a sample coverpage in APA format, click on the image below.

View a sample version of an APA formatted title/cover page

How to do it in Microsoft Word

The following videos, created by Walden University Academic Skills Center, may be helpful in applying the basic formatting needed for APA style, when using Microsoft Word.

To view a sample of what the body of an APA formatted paper looks like, click on the image below.

A sample of what the body/text part of an APA formatted paper would look like

How to do it in Microsoft Word

The following videos, created by Walden University Academic Skills Center, may be helpful in applying the basic formatting needed for APA style, when using Microsoft Word.

To view a sample of an APA reference page, click on the image below.

How to do it in Microsoft Word

The following videos, created by Walden University Academic Skills Center, may be helpful in applying the basic formatting needed for APA style, when using Microsoft Word.

To view a sample of an APA appendix page, click on the image below.

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Where to get more help

Consult the Writing Centre or your Professor for more help

The Writing Centre in Barrie provides drop in assistance with writing & citing.

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Consult the Writing Centre or your Professor for more help

Consult the Writing Centre or your Professor for more help

The Writing Centre in Orillia provides drop in assistance with writing & citing.

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Consult the Writing Centre or your Professor for more help

The Writing Centre in Owen Sound provides drop in assistance with writing & citing.

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