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COMM 428D/494: Research And Analysis

Resources for conducting a literature search, exploring comm theories, and developing test questions.

APA Paper Format

With minor adjustments to Microsoft Word defaults, allow your readers to focus on what you've written and not be distracted by your paper's formatting and organization. These include, but aren't limited to: 

  • title page
  • header/page numbering
  • margins,
  • font
  • section headers.

Formatting your paper, citations, and references following an established style, like that of the American Psychological Association (APA) is a small, but important part of academic communication.


With the 7th edition, follow the simplified "Student Title Page" that simplifies the header and page numbering, as well as the author portion of the title page.


Follow the instructions for APA 7th edition format on either the APA website or the Purdue OWL website:

APA Style

This guide contains examples of common citation formats in APA (American Psychological Association) Style, based on the sixth edition (2009) of the Publication Manual. APA style is commonly used in the social sciences.

Just need a quick citation? Try ZoteroBib.

Questions about APA Style? Ask a Librarian!

For more information about APA Style, use the following resources.