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APA Citation Format

Updated for 5th Edition, 2/22/05

APA Online Handouts

Most students will need to print the first two handouts for their papers:

1. Basic Guidelines for using APA Format - (pdf / Word)

2. Examples of APA Format for Citing Resources (Print, Media, and Electronic) - (pdf / Word)

3. APA Format for Annotated Bibliographies - (pdf )
APA format for annotated bibliographies, with sample entries.

4. Can't find what you need? Ask-A-Librarian!

APA Publication Manual Cover ImageAPA Guides from Lesley University

Structure of Citations for Books, Journal Articles, Web Sites - pdf
Created by Nancy Wolf, School of Education

Citing Quotations in Text -pdf
Created by Nancy Wolf, School of Education

Using Direct Quotations -pdf
Created by Nancy Wolf - School of Education

APA Most Common Errors - pdf
Created by Brigit McCallum, Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences

APA Guides from other Organizations

Sample Paper in APA Style - HTML
From Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference Web site

Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format from Purdue University

What is APA Format?

APA Format is a guide to writing student papers, writing articles for journal publishing, and citing references appropriately, as described in the APA Publication Manual. The manual is available in libraries and bookstores and may be ordered online.

American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

If you quote or refer to anyone else's ideas in your paper, whether from print sources, media or the Internet, it is essential to cite them according to established citation format. Failure to do so is plagiarism and a violation of copyright law. At Lesley University, many programs in the School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences require that references in student papers follow APA Format.


These examples are based on the American Psychological Assocation Web sites listed below, as well as the 5th edition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association. (n.d.) APAStyle.org: Changes in the
5th Edition.
Retrieved June 13, 2002, from http://www.apastyle.org/chapter4.html
Note: This website supercedes the references cited below.

American Psychological Association. (n.d.) APAStyle.org: Electronic references
Retrieved August 31, 2001, from http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html

American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (5th ed.)
. Washington, DC: Author.

This Web site is researched and created by Ludcke Library Reference Librarians for Lesley University students and faculty.

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updated 04/19/07 | 09:30 AM
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