The American Psychological Association (APA) format is preferred for papers written
in the social sciences. This style is used frequently in psychology, sociology, criminology,
economics, business and nursing classes, in addition to others.
APA style refers to two different things.
Essays written in the APA format should follow these four characteristics.
All essays written in APA format should include four major sections: the title page, the abstract, the main body and references. For more information on these sections and to see what they should look like, view the APA Example. Other APA example papers can be viewed at http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.pdf.
All sources need to be cited within the text and on a reference page, which should be the last page of the essay. In-text citations need to include the author's last name, if available, and the year that the information was first published. If the cited source does not list an author name, the title of the source should be used instead. All other information, such as publisher, date, location, etc., should appear on the references page.