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BMHS Library Citation Guide: APA 6th Edition

APA style began in 1929 with a group of psychologists, anthropologists, and business managers who wanted a set of procedures that make their scientific writings uniform and easier to comprehend.  As with most citation styles, APA has a set standards for "punctuation,  selection of headings, tone, and length, punctuation and abbreviations, presentation of numbers and statistics, construction of tables and figures, citation of references, and many other elements that are a part of a manuscript" (Source: Official APA website) which must be followed.

Listed below are some common sources which show how to properly cite/format using APA style.

OWL Purdue APA General Format

Organizing your Social Sciences Research Paper APA Format

The Basics of APA Style - a Tutorial

APA Style Basics: Writing your paper in APA style made easy

EasyBib Guide to Citing and Writing in APA Format


These  FAQs will help clarify frequent areas of confusion when using APA.

Resources from BMHS Library

Creating an APA Citation