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Citing Help

APA Style Guidance

American Psychological Association (APA) citing style is Assiniboine's designated citing style. Some key points to keep in mind when citing in APA are:

  • In-text citations (author, date) appear in parentheses at the end of a sentence before the period.
  • A References page at the end of the document has full citations in alphabetical order formatted with a hanging indent. 
  • Most references follow the format: author, date, title, source.
  • If a reference isn't cited in your paper, it shouldn't be included in your reference list.

The Publication Manual of the APA is the authoritative source on APA Style and the best place to look for information. For formats, guidelines and examples online, visit the Excelsior OWL APA Formatting & Style Guide.

Always check with your instructor for any specific citation requirements.


More than One Style

APA isn't the only citing style around. Remember that once you leave Assiniboine and enter the workforce or attend a different school, you may be asked to use a different citation style like MLA, Chicago, or CSE.

Formatting Your Paper in APA Style

Review the sample paper linked below to guide you through formatting your paper in APA style.

Not all sections in the sample paper will necessarily apply to your own. If you're unsure about what to include in your paper, talk to your instructor.

APA Style Paper Template in Microsoft Word

Students, faculty, and staff have access to an APA Style paper template in Word, which is already formatted according to APA style rules. Follow the directions below to open the template, then simply add your own work to the pre-formatted sections. 

On-Campus Access

  1. Open Word
  2. Click the Assiniboine College folder from the list of suggestions on the right
  3. Choose Assiniboine APA 7th Edition Student Paper Template (click the little pushpin icon to pin it to your Word home screen)
Off-Campus Access
  1. Login to your Office 365 account
  2. Click the Install Office button in the top right-hand corner of the page
  3. Once Office is installed, open Word
  4. Click the More templates link from the list of suggestions on the right
  5. Click the Assiniboine College link below the blank page template
  6. Choose Assiniboine APA 7th Edition Student Paper Template (click the little pushpin icon to pin it to your Word home screen)

APA Tutorials

Resources for APA Style

Quick Guides and Examples


Detailed Help

Adapted and used with permission from Southern Methodist University Library.