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Easy APA Citation Page


Students creating an easy APA Citation Page

Your professor requested APA format and your paper is done. Time to breathe easy right? What about your references page? You didn’t think to create that while you were writing your paper and now you are staring at it in horror. You have your references, but what should they look like? How should they be formatted? Check out a few examples to make sure you are doing it right.

Bibliography vs Reference Page

Bibliography is an umbrella term that many students think all citation pages fall under. However, this simply is not true. In APA format, a reference page is used rather than a bibliography. The reference only includes the works that were used in the writing and not every source that went into its conception.

Setting Up Your Reference Page

The reference page in APA needs to follow a specific format. Not only will it be a separate page, everything will be double spaced. Other basic rules to remember include:

    • Author’s, editor’s or creator’s names should be inverted (last name first).
    • All entries should be in alphabetical order.
  • Include a ½ inch hanging indent after the first line of the reference.
  • For titles, only capitalize the first word.
  • Journal titles need to include the whole title.
  • Journal titles by the same author should be listed from oldest to newest.

Example 1


Albert, J. K. (2001) Gender Statistics. New York, NY: Riverbend Books.
Austin, J. (2012). Pride and Prejudice [Kindle DX Version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com

Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149. Retrieved from https://www.alistapart.com/articles/writeliving

Brooks-Gunn J. & Duncan R. F. (Eds.). (2018). Gender studies for men. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Feminism. (n.d.). In Encyclopedia Britannica online. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/724633/feminism

Mills, F. H., Cho, M. J., Angeli, L. L., Harry, A. A., Stamos, J. A., Tomas, S. T., . . . Rubin, L. H. (2001) Understanding genders. New York, NY: Riverbend Books.


Example 1 with Formatting

Example 2


Harry, W. A., III. (2010, April 9). Making schools great again. Time, 135, 28-31.

Peckin, J. (2010). Change in the Nineties. In J. S. Bough and G. B. DuBois (Eds.), difference in growth in America. Retrieved from GoldStar database.

Rarry, R. (2016). The difference in schools. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5-13.

Snord, S. (2013, June 28). America’s youth and growth. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.


APA Example 2

Making Your APA Citation Page

Creating a citation page can have you hyperventilating, especially when you look at all the different rules. Having an example to look at can make sure the you get it right the first time and every time.

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