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APA citation style

A guide to citing sources using APA Style, 7th edition

APA guides

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For more comprehensive information, see the APA Manual, 7th Edition.

General rules

APA Style is based on the author-date system which requires citations to appear in two places in your essay:

  • in the body of your text ("in-text citations").
  • in the reference list (at the end of your paper).

The style is periodically reviewed and updated to better serve users. See APA's Guide to what's new for APA 7 for an overview of the latest style changes.