APA Handouts & Tutorials

It can take some time and practice to master APA citation and documentation. Here are a few handouts and tutorials, curated by past Writing Fellows, to assist you.


Playlist of video tutorials from OWLPurdue (The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University)– a group of short tutorials, each about 5 minutes long, on YouTube provides good introduction to APA as well as more focused guides:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8F43A67F38DE3D5D

APA formatting in Word–in 4 minutes, this video shows you how to set up your Word document for APA style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ODakMMqvIs

The Basics of APA Style Tutorial–Provided by APA itself, this tutorial is segmented into more than 28 brief narrated slides, each dealing with a different aspect of APA style, so you can select just those areas in which you need help. The entire tutorial takes about 23 minutes to view. (Please note that this tutorial is delivered in Flash and some students may have trouble accessing it.) See http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx


How to Format Your Reference List, from University of Fairfax, provides a brief explanation, with screenshots, of how to format your reference page in Word, at


APA Guidelines Overview  from the OWL at Purdue, is a one page overview of the basics:


If the answer to your question is not contained in this one page, we recommend going to the larger OWL site:


–use the menu links on the left of the page to find whatever you need to know, quickly and with clear examples.


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