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APA Citation Style

APA citation style refers to the rules established by the American Psychological Association for documenting sources in a research paper. There are two parts to documenting these sources. First, there must be a reference citation in the text next to the quoted or paraphrased information. Second, there must be a reference list at the end of the paper. Together these elements identify and credit the sources used in the paper and allow others to access or retrieve this material.

Below are some examples of the more commonly used types of citations in text and reference lists. Please check the APA style guide for complete information including more examples, as well as margin and spacing requirements, standard punctuation and grammar helps.