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A Guide to APA Style


Introducing APA

This guide will introduce you to the basics of APA Style, and will point you to additional tools that will help you master this style.

What is APA Style?

APA Style is a standardized format for writing that has been established by the American Psychological Association. It is generally used by students and scholars working within a behavioral science discipline.

Keep in mind that APA Style refers to:

  • the format & structure of your paper.
  • how you cite other authors within the body of your paper.
  • how you compile a references page at the end of your paper.

The APA Style Manual

  Both the O'Neill Library and The Social Work Library has several copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 

A Video Introduction

The BCSSW's own Professor Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich worked with the Social Work Library staff on a 20-minute video introduction to APA Style.

Bookmark These Websites

We highly recommend that you bookmark these sites so that you can refer to them when you are writing your paper.

A Word About Plagiarism

Following citation style rules helps protect you from unintentionally plagiarizing someone else's work. To learn more about plagiarism, please see Boston College's website on academic integrity.