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eBook: APA Handbook Electronic Resources

eBook: 6th (2012) Publication manual of the American Psychological Association

Print Reference: APA Handbook

Stark Campus Communication Studies Writing Format Policy

Stark Campus Communication Studies Writing Format Policy


Because APA is the standard writing manual in communication professions and scholarship, please adhere to 6th edition APA style in your written assignments. Consider purchasing a copy of the APA manual, using the library's eBook copies, available to the left, or using a reputable source, such as to format your papers. You can also seek free assistance from the Writing Center, located on the second floor of Main Hall.

All written assignments must be typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and 1” margins on all sides. Staple all printed papers in the upper left corner. Include a title page, running head, and full reference page. See for details on formatting your paper to APA standards. Evaluation of your work includes content and form; therefore, always proofread for style, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and format.

APA Format Citations-Sixth (6th) Edition

Handy tutorial for setting up a Microsoft Word document (including title page) for 6th edition APA. A few quick clarifications:

1. In your references, if a middle name or initial is provided, you MUST include that initial after the first initial. In other words, "Chris P. Brown" becomes "Brown, C. P." in a reference page.

2. In references, issue numbers are typically not needed with modern scholarly research. Instead, the reference should look like this:

Lastname, Initial. Initial. (year). Title of article. Name of Journal, volume, page numbers. doi:xxx.xx.xxxxxx

Tutorial created by David Taylor

APA Format in Word - in 4 Minutes

Created by Colin Murphy, Ed.D.

Sample Template - APA Style Paper

Your professor has provided a sample format that you may download and use to structure your paper.