Apa Format Cheat Sheet

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APA Format Cheat Sheet

General Document Guidelines Hint: Use an APA template! | Marginsp. 229 | 1” at the top, bottom, left, and right of every page | Spacingp. 229 | Double space entire paper—no extra spaces (exception: a heading by itself at the bottom of a page—move heading to next page) | Alignment p. 229 | Flush left (not justified--right margin should be uneven) | Typefacep. 228 | 12-pt Times New Roman | Paragraphs and Indentations p. 87; 229 | 1. Indent the first line of every paragraph 5-7 spaces (1/2 inch) 2. Space twice after periods in the body of the paper 3. Space once after periods on the reference list | Title Page Format p. 229Example: p. 41Exception: You do NOT need to
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171-172 | Give paragraph: (Brown, 2010, para. 3) ORGive section: (Davis, 2010, Abstract section). | No Date p. 185 | …(Smith, n.d.). | Personal Communication p. 178 | (J. Jones, personal communication, July 12, 2010). Note: Do not include on the reference page |

Citing Multiple Authors No need to memorize, just keep this list handy.pp. 175 | Author Number | In Text Citation | Reference List Citation | 2 | List both authors every time…(Author & Author, year) | List all authors | 3-5 | Cite all authors the first time: …(Author, Author, & Author, year)Subsequently, cite only the first author followed by et al.…(Author et al., year) | List all authors | 6 or more | First time and every time, cite only the first author followed by et al. (Author et al., year) | List all authors | 8 or more | | Include the first seven authors’ names, then insert three ellipses, and add the last author’s name, like this:Author, I., Author, I., Author, I., Author, I., Author, I., Author, I., Author, I.,…Author, I. (year). |

Reference Citations Always compare to an example as you build and proofread your references. Every reference needs an in text citation.pp. 180-183; examples: pp. 198-224 | General | 1. Reference list begins on a new page, with the word Reference centered at the top of the page 2. There should be a hanging indent on every reference. In MS Word, create a hanging indent by going to “Format” > “Paragraph” >

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