Creating a References List in APA Style
The References page lists all of the sources you used in your paper and is placed at the end of the paper on a new numbered page. The sources listed on this page and the ones you cite within the text must align exactly.
Placement. Place the References page at the end of the paper on a new numbered page. An easy way to do this is to add a Page Break at the end of the text on the last page of your essay. Place your cursor at the end of your last sentence and click CTRL + Enter.
Title. Label this page References, centered in plain text.
Spacing. Make sure to double space throughout
Order. List the sources in alphabetical order by the authors' last names. Ignore "A," "And," "The" when alphabetizing by title if an author is not listed.
Indentation. Do not indent the first line in the citation; however, you must indent any additional lines 5 spaces in the citation. One way to do this is with a hanging indent. Place your cursor in front of the line to be indented and under the Home Menu, click the arrow next to the word Paragraph. Under Special, choose Hanging, and make sure that it is By .5. A second method is to place your cursor at the end of the first line and press Enter. Then, place your cursor at the beginning of the second line and press Tab.
Sample References page in APA style
These guidelines will help you write the different elements
of Works Cited entries correctly. Note that not all of these elements are
necessary for all types of sources, and the elements will not necessarily
appear in this order in different citations.
All authors' names are written last name, comma, first initial, and then a period.
If there is more than one author, include a comma and an ampersand (&) between the names.
Balente, J., & Everett, G.
If there is no author listed, you may use a group or organization as the author.
Centers for Disease Control.
If there is no author at all, move the title to first position.
Dates of Publication
Dates of publication should be placed in parentheses after the author. For most sources, just a year is sufficient, but for newspaper and magazine articles, days and months should be listed after a comma following the year.
(2006, May 6).
Titles should be formatted in either italics or plain text, and the use of capital letters varies. See the APA title formatting rules here.
If the editor or editors are listed in addition to an author, use the abbreviation (Ed.) or (Eds.) in parentheses after the last editor's name.
T. R. Smith (Ed.).
Volume and Issue Numbers
Volume and issue numbers are required for journal article. List them with numeral only, no abbreviations. Volume numbers should be italicized and issue numbers are placed in parentheses. An article from volume 53, issue 7 of a journal would be
Page numbers are written with numerals only, no abbreviations, on the reference list.
Places of publication for books are listed city, state: using the two-letter state abbreviation. List the first place given on the title page.
Write the name of the publisher given on the title page. You may shorten the publisher, for example, using "Knopf" for Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
For journal articles, write the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) with the prefix doi:
For Web sources, a retrieval date is required. Write the word Retrieved followed by the date Month Day, Year.
Retrieved March 10, 2010
To write a Web address, or URL, include the http://. If you need to break the address to fit it on more than one line, do so after a punctuation mark, such as a slash or a period. Do not add a period at the end. Do not allow your computer to turn the address into a hyperlink in blue underlined type. Right-click on the address to remove the link.