- APA Overview
- In-Text Citations
- Reference List
- Other APA Style Issues
- Templates for Writing
APA style is a set of rules that ensure universality in form and style. Mastering APA style is important because it enables readers to focus on your content rather than the way the content is presented. The Walden Writing Center staff is always available for questions if you do not find what you are looking for in the resources on our website.
Dr. K. Elizabeth McDonald, a faculty member in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, created the document below to assist her students in learning APA style. Be sure to check with your instructor for specific guidelines for each assignment.
We have regular webinars that address APA style. Whether you are new to APA style or need a refresher, we invite you to join us. For more information visit our Webinar Archive.
Many students use citation management programs (i.e., Zotero), library databases that export reference entries, and APA software programs (i.e., EndNote). These programs can be helpful shortcuts in assembling your reference list, but keep in mind that the programís formatting is often imperfect.
APA has nuanced rules and formatting that computer programs do not always apply properly. Students using these tools should review their references carefully to ensure the details are in place.
The Writing Center does not use any of these programs, so we are unable to give recommendations. However, you may find the Libraryís information about Zotero helpful. Additionally, try asking your classmates for recommendations of programs they found helpful.