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How To Cite References Using APA Style  

Examples of APA Citation Style for use in Reference Lists.
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About Citing References Using APA Style

Welcome to the guide for Citing References Using APA Style!

We hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for information on APA Style, 6th edition. We have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty.

Note: APA 6th Edition requires Double-Spacing throughout your paper.

More APA Style Guides

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) is available at any Wayne State library reference desk. Call number is BF 76.7 .P83 2010
You can now purchase an individual ebook of the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition, compatible with Kindle File, ipad, Android, PC and Mac.

Citation Management Software

Citation Management Options

Links to citation management software, tutorials, downloads, etc. available to you to assist you with citing your sources.


EndNote citation management software available free to all WSU students, faculty and staff. It allows you to manually enter citation information, or export directly from the library's online databases. EndNote can format bibliographic entries in almost every citation style and works with most word processors to insert citations and build reference lists as you write.
Learn more about EndNote through an online tutorial or webinar.


Zotero is a free online citation management software that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and use the saved references with Microsoft Word and other word processing software. Zotero is a plug-in that ONLY works with the Firefox browser.
Learn how to use Zotero.



Finding DOI information in databases or in articles

A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique and permanent set of numbers and letters that will always lead you to the location of a document on the Internet.

"In the 6th Edition of the APA Publication Manual, DOIs figure prominently in the APA Style reference."


Places you can find DOIs


APA Examples Handout

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Format and Citation Tools

  • Format APA in Word 2013
    Video demonstrating step-by-step instructions. Developed by Evans Library.
  • Format APA in Word 2007
    Step-by-step instructions on creating running heads, margins, page numbering and more in Word 2007.
  • BibMe
    A free automated citation and bibliography generator.
  • NoodleBib Express
    A free online tool to create citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style.

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