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APA Style 7th Edition Tutorials for Students in Psychology and Social Work

The citation tutorials are based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).

Create and Format a Reference List

Reference List Format

The reference list contains all the works you cited in the text of your paper. In general, there should be a one-to-one correspondence between the works cited in the text and the works listed in the reference list.

Keep the following key points in mind when you generate a reference list for your paper:

  • The reference list appears at the end of the paper, on its own page(s). If your research paper ends on page 6, your References begin on page 7.
  • Place the section label References in bold at the top of the page, centered.
  • Order references alphabetically, usually by the first letter of the first author’s last name.
  • Double-space the reference list, both within and between references. Do not add extra lines between references.
  • Apply a hanging indent for all references using the paragraph-formatting function of your word-processing program: The first line is flush left, and all subsequent lines are indented 0.5 in.
See Sample References Page (from APA Sample Student Paper):