Formatting a References List in APA Style

The References page lists all of the sources you used in your paper and is placed at the end of the paper on a new numbered page. The sources listed on this page and the ones you cite within the text must align exactly.


Place the References page at the end of the paper on a new numbered page.
An easy way to do this is to add a page break at the end of the text on the last page of your essay. Place your cursor at the end of your last sentence and click CTRL + Enter.

Title: Label this page References, centered in plain text.



Spacing: Make sure to double space throughout

Order: List the sources in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names. Ignore “A,” “And,” “The” when alphabetizing by title if an author is not listed.


Do not indent the first line in the citation; however, you must indent any additional lines five spaces in the citation. One way to do this is with a hanging indent.
-Place your cursor in front of the line to be indented and under the Home Menu, click the arrow next to the word Paragraph. Under Special, choose Hanging, and make sure that it is By .5.

-A second method is to place your cursor at the end of the first line and press Enter. Then, place your cursor at the beginning of the second line and press Tab.

These guidelines will help you write the different elements of Reference page entries correctly.

Note that not all of these elements are necessary for all types of sources, and the elements will not necessarily appear in this order in different citations.

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