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Essay Writing: Formatting Your References Page

The Monroe College Guide to Essay Writing presents the information necessary to write effective essays.

Links to cite it for you:


  • MyBib citation generator provides both complete APA Citations, pre-formatted In-text Citations, and creates a Reference page. 
  • BibMe - APA Citation Generator and Plagiarism Checker from Chegg
  • CiteFast - APA Citation Generator 
  • CiteThisForMe - APA Citation Generator from Harvard University
  • KnightCite Citation Service - provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.
  • Scribber - APA Citation Generator


Video: Set Up Your References Page (Excelsior OWL)

Format a Hanging Indent in MS Word or Google Docs

Format a Hanging Indent in Microsoft Word

First, select the citation you wish to format.


Next, in Paragraph Toolbar,


(Tiny arrow in corner of toolbar - should generate a Paragraph Tools popout window.)



In PopOut Window, select : Indentation / Special / Hanging / By: 0.5" (important)!

Create a Hanging Indent Capture.PNG

Format a Hanging Indent in Google Docs

First, select the citation you wish to format.


Next, iFormat toolbar, select: 
Align & Indent > Indentation Options > Special > Hanging > By: 0.5"


 Google Docs Hanging Indent Screen Cap      

References Page Setup

***NOTE: In APA 7th edition, the Running head is no longer required for student papers.

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

  • Title this page References centered and bolded at the top of the page.

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

  • Citations are listed in alphabetical order.

Whichever font you choose, the selected font should be used consistently throughout the entire paper.
View sample citations for online media in various formats on the APA website.

Common Sample Reference Citations from the APA

Quick Sheet: APA 7 Citations