APA Style Guide - 7th: How should I start?

How should I start?

Step 1 – Set up the paper’s format for an APA paper before you start to write. See our example below, or talk to a librarian or writing center assistant.

Step 2 – Before you begin to write the essay, make a list of all the resources you have found through research that you will use (cite) in the essay. This page is called the References page and it will be on a separate page and the last page of the paper. See link below to view an example references page or see specific cited references examples.

Step 3 – Write a rough draft of the essay and mark where you use information (ideas, quotations, or paraphrasing) from a resource. This is called in-text citation. See examples on the In-Text Citation Examples page.