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APA Guides and Resources
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APA information, including tutorials and quick answers about references and formatting.
Purdue OWL APA Format
Provides examples for nearly every type of APA reference and much more.
What is DOI -- Direct Object Identifiers
Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) are unique alphanumeric codes used to identify and link to articles. New citation rules for APA require that DOIs be listed, if available, in place of the database availability phrase previously used.
If a DOI is not available, the journal publisher's URL is use
Here are some common formatting errors to avoid:
- Spacing: Citations should be double-spaced.
- Hanging indent: Indent all but the first line of each citation (the opposite of how you indent a paragraph!).
- Capitalization: For book or article titles, only capitalize the first word of the title, and subtitle. Also capitalize proper nouns.
- Italicization: Book titles and journal titles with the volume number need to be italicized; do not italicize article titles.
- DOI: For electronic materials, if you have a doi#, you do not need to include the database name.
Open the template that is linked below, save it to your own document name and location and start typing your paper.
Template based on document prepared by Aurora University.