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CDU APA Referencing: Format Rules

A guide to help you better understand CDU APA 7th Referencing

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APA 7th resources

The American Psychological Association's APA website has comprehensive styles guidelines by topic and an informative blog:

You can also consult the print edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association available via Library Search.

To correctly reference using CDU APA 7th, there are important rules and formatting that need to be followed.

See below for more format guidelines:

Header - Include page numbers, at the top right-hand corner of the page

Margins - One inch or 2.54cm on all sides (generally the default setting in Word)

Paragraphs - All paragraphs are left aligned

Line Spacing - All text double spaced (unless in table or figure then single & one-and-a-half spacing acceptable depending on presentation)

Font – Use same font throughout paper. Font options include 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia

Indentation – indent the first line of every paragraph by 0.5 inches.

  • Title Page
  • Abstract (start on new page) (if required)
  • Text (start on new page)
  • References
  • Footnotes
  • Tables (start each table on new page)
  • Figures (start each figure on new page)
  • Appendices (start each on new page)
  • Text is centre aligned
  • Full title of the paper
  • Author name(s) and affiliations (ie. the university attended)
  • Course number and name for which the paper is being submitter (ie. CUC100)
  • Instructor/Lecturer name
  • Assignment due date

Alignment - Left aligned (no justification)

Format – Paragraph or structured format. If structured, use label to identify sections

Indentation – No paragraph indentation

Length – if no set length is provided, generally 150-250 words depending on the paper. If submitting for publication, check journal instructions which may differ

In-text – Can appear in-text after the paragraph in which they are mentioned OR at the end of the paper on a new page 

Format – Number (bolded), with brief title in italics and a note following

When to include – Only include supplementary material in appendices, if it helps readers to understand/replicate/evaluate the study

Format – Begin each appendix on a new page, with a label and title, if more than one use capital letters i.e., ‘Appendix A’ & ‘Appendix B’ – sorted in the order they appear in the text

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