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APA Style & Citation 7th edition

How to format your paper and cite your sources using 7th ed. APA style.

What's new with the 7th edition APA

Central Penn uses APA Style & Citation Format. This style is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). A copy of the APA Manual is available for use in the Library and the Learning Center. There have been a few changes with the 7th edition of the manual.

  • Variation between professional and student paper formats  - Student papers include course number and name, Instructor name, assignment due date (month spelled out, date, year), and page number;  but no running head, author note, abstract or keywords unless specified by the instructor
  • Additional font options: 12 point Times New Roman, Georgia, Calibri, or Arial 11 point, or 10 point Lucida are recommended
  • In references, no publisher location in references
  • In references list up to 20 authors for a source (previously 8 authors). For more than 20 authors, list the first 19 authors then use ellipses ... then the last author.
  • In in-text citations, with 3 or more authors use et al. from the 1st citation (previously it wasn't until there were six authors that you could do this from the 1st citation)
  • One space after a period
  • Hyperlink urls & DOIs
  • Heading levels: Level 3 headings are now flush left and in italic font (previously indented with no italics), and level 4 in not in italics (previously it was italicized)

APA formatting and citation walkthrough

The video above walks through the common areas of APA. You can always skip to the area of APA that you have a question about.

  • 0:00 Finding APA information at Central Penn College
  • 2:00 Paper format
  • 4:40 Annotated Bibliographies
  • 5:33 Citation basics
  • 7:22 References
  • 12:40 In-text citations
  • 19:31 Articles
  • 21:16 Books and ebooks
  • 26:00 Library databases
  • 39:50 Websites
  • 43:14 Other sources