The reference page should appear at the end of your APA paper. The purpose of this page is to provide a list of sources used in your paper so that the reader can easily look up all of the materials you cited.
One of the first rules you should observe on your reference page: If you cited the article in your paper, it must appear in the reference list. Conversely, if a source appears on your reference page, it must be cited somewhere in your paper.
Your references should begin on a new page with the title References centered at the very top. Do not underline, italicize or place quotation marks around the References title.
Some More Basic Reference Page Rules
- Your references should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each source.
- All references should be double-spaced.
- Each reference should use a hanging indentation: the first line of the reference should be flush left, but each additional line of the reference needs to be indented.
- In article titles, only the first letter should be capitalized. If a colon appears in the title, the first letter after the colon should also be capitalized. The title should not be placed in quotations, underlined or italicized.
- All major words in the title of a journal should be capitalized; i.e. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
- Longer works such as books and journals should appear in italics.
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