Arranging your APA Reference list in the proper format is an important part of completing your research paper. As you prepare and write your paper, you should be compiling a preliminary reference list or bibliography that contains all the information you need for your citations. Make sure all your citations are accurate and lead your reader directly to the same source you used for your paper.
Each source should contain this information, follow the proper citation formatting style.
- Author name
- Publication Date
- Publication Information.
Basic Formatting of an APA Paper
Format your APA paper using the following instructions:
- Double space (Even your citations in your reference paper)
- 1” Margins – top, bottom, left, right
- Times New Roman – 12 point font
- Do not justify lines, use flush-left style
- Indent paragraphs (First line five spaces)
Order of Pages
The pages of your APA paper should be numbered starting with the title page. Each page contains a running head, which is a shortened version of the title.
*author note is a brief author bio or acknowledgements
References (new page)
While formatting your reference list, follow the same format guidelines as the research paper.
Do not bold, underline or capitalize
Include the running head
Continue page numbering
Order of References
Alphabetize letter by letter
Reference list entries are arranged in the letter by letter alphabetizing method using the author’s last name first, then first name initials. Often you will find the names of the same researchers and writers, as they specialize in certain fields. For example, Paul Jaeger, is a well-known expert in the field of library information and has several articles published by himself and with other experts. In this case, you will alphabetize by the order of the author’s name as listed in the publication.
APA style has acceptable abbreviations for editions, volumes, and so forth. Use these abbreviations in your reference entry:
|Rev. ed.||Revised edition|
|2nd ed.||second edition|
|Ed. (Eds.)||Editor (Editors)|
|Vol.||Volume (ex: Vol. 8)|
|Vols.||Volumes (ex: Vols. 3-8)|
|Tech. Rep.||Technical Report|
Source: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.
Note: To indicate an edition, use lower case ed. but to indicate an editor, capitalize it Ed.
Arranging your APA paper and reference list correctly is important. However, just read your assignment rubric and follow these instructions and you’ll be sure to do a good job on your paper. Your final task is to make sure that every in-text citation corresponds to a reference list citation.