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APA Citation Style

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, commonly referred to as APA style, is used by authors in psychology, social sciences, and other disciplines in preparing manuscripts for publication, student papers, theses, and dissertations.


Print copies - TAMU Libraries provides multiple copies of the style manual (see below). 


NOTE: APA does not offer an e-book version that libraries can purchase for their collections.

  • E-books - The APA provides a digital EPUB version for individual rental or purchase options through RedShelf and VitalSource. Caution: this version is meant for online access -- APA imposes limits on printing, downloading and copying/pasting of content.

TAMU Library Handouts

Online Style Help


Official Style Help:

  • 7th edition (2020)
    • APA Style Blog
    • Sample Papers - (student and professional)
    • Student Paper Setup Guide - Annotated diagrams illustrate how to set up the major sections of a student paper: title page or cover page; text; tables and figures; and the reference list.
    • Abbreviations Quick Guide - for terms, phrases, units of measurement, time, and Latin words.
    • Numbers and Statistics Guide - using numerals or words, commas, plurals, decimals, and statistics.
    • Avoiding word and idea plagiarism -- common mistakes and guidance for proper use if direct quotes, paraphrasing, and in-text citations. 
    • Discussion Phrases Guide - suggested wording for for discussion section when: summarizing your study results, discussing your research results, linking your findings to previous research, study limitations and implications, directions for future research, and closing statement or paragraph.
    • Transitions Guide - suggested wording for transitions in your paper such as: to show a sequence of events, to relate to hypotheses, to present your own idea/argument, to summarize/conclude, to show contrast, too illustrate, and to emphasize a point or finding.
    • Style and Grammar Guidelines
    • Tutorials & Webinars


"The OWL" - Online Writing Lab - Purdue University



Sample Paper