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Quick Guide to APA Citation Style: The "References" List

Format the "References List"


When writing a research paper in APA style, you need to list all your sources (cited as indicated in the examples above) in a References page that goes at the end of the paper.

  • "References" should appear as the heading on the first page containing the list of sources consulted.
  • Entries should begin flush left, and the second and subsequent lines should be indented 1/2 inch. Double-space the entire list as indicated in the example below:

       Brown, H., & Milstead, J. (1968). Patterns in poetry: An

                 introductory anthology.
Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman.

  • Alphabetize by author's last name followed by initials of the author's given name. For anonymous authors or where no author is given, begin the entry with the title.
  • Capitalize only the first word of title and subtitle and proper names. Use italics instead of underlining.

For more information, see Chapter 6, "References List," in the APA Manual.