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APA 7th ed. Style Guide

Help with using the APA 7th ed. Style Guide for writing.

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style (Seventh ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (ISBN: 9781433832161)


cover image of APA 7th edition publication manual

Ask for it at the Circulation Desk on RESERVE (short-term check out) in the library.

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An excellent tutorial covering the basics of the APA 7th edition style is available from the American Psychological Association here:

Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style (2020)

This guide contains...

helpful hints on how to format papers in APA 7th ed. style with links to a sample student paper and a sample professional paper and more. It includes specific help on proper formatting of in-text citations and corresponding references for the following:

  • journal articles
  • books and eBooks
  • the Bible
  • miscellaneous (such as mobile apps and blog posts)


HIU colleges that have adopted the APA style for writing papers include:

  • College of Psychology and Counseling
  • College of Business and Management
  • College of Education (for master's theses)
  • College of Arts and Science (select disciplines)

Other supported style manuals may be found here.

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Student or Professional?

The APA 7th edition provides separate formatting guidelines for student and professional writers. Most students will follow APA 7’s guidelines for student papers but should always ask their professors which guidelines they prefer them to use.

See the Student and Professional pages in this guide to see the difference.