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APA Basics

APA Basics is a quick run-down of the basic rules of using APA. Included in this guide is information on how to: write an abstract; format headings; cite information in-text; and construct your References page.

Section 1: Title Page

Section 1.        Title/Cover Page. See description belowSample References Page



Section 2: Abstract

Section 2.        Abstract (only if your instructor requires it). See description below:

sample abstract page

Section3: Body/Text

Section 3.        Body/Text (your actual paper). See description below:

Section 4: References

Section 4.        References Page. See description below: 

  • Your references should begin on a new page separate from the text of the essay.

  • Label this page "References" centered at the top of the page.

  • Do NOT bold, underline, or use quotation marks for the title.

  • All text should be double-spaced just like the rest of your essay.