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. The Academic Success Center may be accessed from MY.NCU.edu > The Commons and Other Resources > Academic Success Center. There are a number of helpful documents on APA Style available within the Academic Success Center, including the APA FAQs and Guides on The Commons and a video, How to Use the APA.org Websites.

*This information courtesy of APAStyle.org.


  • Last Updated Mar 06, 2017
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