APA Style & Format

One of the most important purposes of the APA style guidelines is to help you write papers that clearly communicate your ideas. By following the style guidelines, your papers (and those of other learners) will have a consistent appearance and organization. This allows your readers to focus on the ideas presented in a paper.

These APA resources offer highlights designed to help you quickly understand the fundamentals you need to write a course paper that meets the APA guidelines. Unless otherwise stated, the guidelines for these resources follow the direction in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition.

We also encourage you to review APA Style and Formatting in iGuide.

Elements of an APA essay: Referencing APA Sources:
Title Page The Big Picture
Abstract In–text Citations
Text Page The Reference List
Headings Electronic Resources
Tables Citing Electronic Content

Formatting Your Dissertation

Capella University has adopted school-specific adaptations to the APA guidelines for formatting your dissertation. For information regarding formatting a Capella dissertation, see – and use! – the Dissertation Format Guidelines and your school's template.

apa style & formatting

APA Style & Formatting