Q. I am not familiar with APA Style. What is APA Style?


APA Style is an editorial style with a set of guidelines, or style rules, designed to ensure written material is presented clearly and consistently. APA Style designates a uniform style for writing elements including:

  • selection of headings, tone, and length;
  • punctuation and abbreviation;
  • presentation of numbers and statistics;
  • construction of tables and figures;
  • citation of references; and
  • many other elements that are a part of a manuscript.*

To familiarize yourself with APA Style, begin by viewing the Basics of APA Style tutorial.

For further information about APA Style, please refer to the APA Publication Manual, Sixth Edition, or view the Purdue OWL's APA Formatting & Style Guide. This is the most reliable guide to citing articles, books, online sources, etc. Sample papers appear on pages 41-59.

You can also turn to the NCU Academic Success Center for APA Style help. Click here to access the Academic Success Center. You can also log into the Commons, and enter the Academic Success Center from the site directory or from the left navigation of your Personal Commons page by clicking on the open icon next to the Center’s name.

You may contact the Academic Success Center by email at asc@ncu.edu or chat live daily via the Commons: https://vac.ncu.edu/writing-center-commons/. On the right-hand side of the screen, click the link for ASC Live Chat.

*This information courtesy of APAStyle.org.


  • Last Updated Jul 11, 2018
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