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Changes in APA formatting



  • for a tutorial about APA Style
  • for a tutorial about the changes


  • About three and a half years ago…
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Title Page

  • No more Page Header
  • Full Title of Paper: Sentence Case, Centered Left to Right
  • Name of Author
  • Author’s Affiliation
  • Author Note
  • Author note with more information about affiliation, research grants, conflict
  • of interest and how to contact.
  • Full title is centered and positioned in upper half of the page


  • Use levels consecutively, meaning that, if your paper has three levels, use levels 1, 2, and 3
  • Levels have slightly different formatting
  • Formatting of Heading
  • 1
  • 2
  • Flush Left, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
  • 3
  • Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
  • 4
  • Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
  • 5
  • Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.

Levels: more like an outline

  • Outline
  • How it would look in your paper
  • Method
    • First type
      • Part One
      • Part Two
    • Second Type
      • Part One
      • Part Two
  • Results
    • Method
  • In this paper I used two types of methods to figure out the results of my experiment.
  • First Type: Sand Collecting
  • The first type of method I used was the sand collecting method.
  • Part one of the sand collecting method: collection.
  • This part included collecting sand and putting it into giant buckets to be sorted by grain size.
  • Part two of the sand collecting method: testing.
  • This part included…

In-Text Citations

  • New section about electronic sources without pagination.
    • para. should be used for electronic sources without pagination in place of ¶
      • (Golan, 2007, para. 3).
    • If no para. number, cite heading and number of paragraphs after it
      • (Discussion section, para.1).

References: electronic sources

  • Add as much info as print sources in the same order
  • Do not need the retrieval date unless source may change over time
  • Add “Retrieved from” before a URL
      • Shotton, M. A. (1998). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency. Retrieved from

References: electronic sources

  • Add the “Digital Object Identifier” (DOI)
      • A number assigned to everything once it’s made available online
      • Typically located on first page of electronic journal article, near copyright notice; also on the database landing page for article
      • If have DOI, do not need URL
      • Use for BOTH electronic and print if available

References: electronic sources

  • Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24(2), 225-229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225
    • doi comes last
    • No period at end

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