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APA 7 Citation Style: References Page

Students' guide to APA 7

Formatting the References Page

APA References Page

When writing an APA paper, you use two types of citations: 

  1. in-text (or parenthetical) citation
  2. the References page citation


These citations are directly linked.  Any in-text citation should reflect a citation in your References page at the end of your APA paper.

The in-text citation is a brief reference to your source which then leads your reader to your References page for the full citation. 

Part of submitting a paper in correct APA style is formatting. 

APA has very specific instructions on how to format your References page.

A References page should:

  • be on its own page at the end of your paper (use the Page Break feature in Word to do this; you do not need to create a separate document)

  • have the words References at the top, centered (not in bold or italics)

  • be formatted like the rest of the paper (margins, font, header, etc.)

  • include hanging indents for the second line of each entry

  • be in alphabetical order (A to Z)
  • all hyperlinks should be active

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