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APA 7 Citation

Click through the tabs to learn the basics, find examples, and watch video tutorials.

Getting Started

Here's what you need to know...

You do not need to *memorize* APA.  Use the Format your paper and Examples tabs we provide to properly format your paper according to APA standards.

Many Library databases have a citation generator, allowing you to easily obtain the APA citation.  You must still check to ensure it follows APA formatting guidelines as these citations are computer-generated.

APA Style impacts how you put your paper together: layout, punctuation, capitalization, and headings.

APA Style also has format guidelines for the information you provide about the sources you used for your research (in-text citations and references).

GGU instructors frequently require students to use APA Style when writing research papers, short assignments, and presentations.

Read your assignment instructions carefully. Follow your teacher's directions and adapt APA Style format rules to your assignment requirements.

By the way, there are other citation styles (MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.). Make sure your instructor requires APA and that you select the correct style from the database citation generator if you choose to use one.

Complex questions about APA should be directed to the GGU Online Writing Lab (Writing tutor).

Getting Started with APA Style

Common Citing and Documentation Errors

This video tutorial was created by GGU tutors and instructors to help students succeed. The video highlights typical mistakes students make and how to fix them. The video also explains how the English tutors at GGU review your documentation - your sources and citations. 

Writing Tutoring - it's free! Schedule an appointment in-person with a GGU tutor, or meet virtually. Submit your paper online for review.


For more information about block quoting (citing quotations of 40 words or longer) look under Long Quotations on Purdue OWL:


APA Citation Guide

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