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What is APA Style?

APA Style comes from the American Psychological Association and is a commonly used format for the social sciences. The current version is the Sixth Edition, released in 2009. APA provides guidance for writing practices including formatting, language style and citations.

This guide is designed to assist with APA Style citations. For writing and formatting guidelines, consult the Publication Manual, on reserve at the circulation desk in the library.

Need Help with APA?

Librarians are available to provide assistance with APA style and can be contacted by IM chat, email:, phone (610-902-8537), or in person at the library reference desk.

A copy of the Sixth Edition Publication Manual is on reserve at the circulation desk.

Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in Rooymans Hall next to the Library, is available to assist with every phase of the writing process. Schedule an appointment online, sign up at the Writing Center, or contact them at 610-902-8573 or

APA Style

Purdue OWL

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great resource when citing soruces with APA style (among others).  It not only provides examples in a format and style guide but also gives the theory behind citation styles and why they are used.