Last updated November 17, 2014, and reviewed in August 2019. This post now includes sites for formatting your paper!

Citation and Referencing

  • The ultimate guide is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).  Not only does it provide citation help, but it also outlines how you should organize and format your assignments.
  • The library has put together a cheat-sheet for the most common types of references (in all of the formats that your professors require, not just APA).  You can find it on our website at:
  • If you can’t find the precise example you need, make sure to check the APA Style blog, located at:  Here’s what the blog is all about, from their own words: “The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. It’s run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day.”   Some of the helpful posts include: Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube!
  • The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue is the next best choice (for APA and many other styles)
  • Further resources about learning APA style, such as tutorials, are available on their website:

Formatting your paper

  • Again, the Publication Manual is the first place to look
  • The APA Style Blog also helps with formatting your papers, including those running headers
  • The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue is an awesome site for all things APA and even includes sample papers! Yay!

There are a lot of other citation resources available to you, so make sure to use a critical eye before trusting them.  When in doubt, only go with the APA-affiliated resources since they’re the experts.  The Beryl Ivey Library takes care when creating the Citation Guides for our students, but even we’re known to make mistakes!