American Psychological Association (APA) Style

APA is utilized primarily by psychology, sociology, political science, communications, education, and business.

Difference between MLA and APA

Due to the fields of study that utilize the style, APA emphasizes the year of publication with the author’s last name. MLA does not prioritize information by publication year but by the relevance of said information; in other words, a 1940’s study about Shakespeare can still contain relevant information for an academic paper.

Years of Preference

APA prioritizes the most recent published information while MLA prefers information spanning the last decade.

Quick Guide for APA (PDF)

APA Formatted Downloadable Document for Microsoft (Word doc)

APA Formatted Document for Google Docs: This is a view-only file. Just copy and paste the information into a new document before attempting to use it.

In-text Citation for APA

The links below help construct APA citations based on the publication medium (including templates):

Also, check out the Formatting Resources page for any formatting questions for Microsoft.

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