Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Jul 01, 2019     Views: 15

Just to provide a very brief definition,  APA formatting is just rules governing how you format your paper (font,, margins, spacing, etc.) and how you format your citation. The citation is just the publication info for sources used in your paper, so other people can locate those sources. 

Most library databases, including book catalogs, provide citations that can be copy and pasted into your document. Changes will need to be made, but it gets you most of the way there.

Below is a link to our Cite APA Style guide. Look for the Grabbing a Citation page at the top. That page provides instructions from obtaining and correcting citations from many databases. It also has a link to a citation generator, in case you use a Non-COM Library source.

The Formatting Tips page has instructions for creating a hanging indent, block quotes, and more. It also links to sample papers. 

The other pages have examples for creating citations for different types of sources and creating in-text (or parenthetical) citations.

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