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Online MSW Program Library Research Guide: APA Style

Library resources and information for students in the online Graduate School of Social Service program; Librarian Nick Alongi, Editor.

Which APA Edition to Use? Consult Your Instructor.

APA 6th EDITION (see left column) or APA 7th EDITION (see right column)

6th EDITION Publication Manual (2010)

Sample Paper With Examples - 6th EDITION

APA Tutorials (6th EDITION)

Video: APA (6th EDITION) Paper in Word with Title Page and Running Head - PC

It may be difficult to position the page number and the running head on the first page and then format them differently on subsequent pages.

Watch all or part of this 18-minute YouTube video which explains how to set the format in Word using Windows. Here are the time segments in case you want to skip around the tutorial:

VIDEO CONTENTS: 0:00 About this Video 0:53 Margins, Font, Line Spacing 5:45 Title Page 7:11 Running Head 11:43 Abstract 13:46 Title 14:32 Section Headings 18:21 Closing Remarks

Source: Samuel Forlenza, published January 6, 2018 on

Video: APA Paper (6th EDITION) Using Word 2011 - Mac

Tutorial by Terrance D. Jorgensen, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA demonstrating how to type a paper using APA format on a Mac computer.

This is a 10-min. video.

APA Instruction Books - All 6th EDITION

7th Edition Publication Manual (2020)

Handout for 7th Edition APA Created by Fordham Librarians

Student Sample Paper Written by APA Staff - 7th Edition

APA Citation: New 7th Edition APA Style Sites Written by APA Staff

Websites - APA 7th Edition

Video: APA, 7th Edition, Formatting for Student Papers

How to Format Papers in APA (7th edition) tutorial by Kayleigh, an online writing coach at the Online Writing Center at

Click on the Show More link below the notation "Skip ahead to the parts you need" to show the time sequence for each section.

This is a 14-minute video.

Video: APA, 7th Edition, Formatting for Student Papers

Tutorial for APA Style, 7th edition: Student Paper Formatting by Samuel Forlenza, PhD on January 21, 2020. 

Click on the Show More link to designate the time sequence for each section.

This video is 17 minutes.

Why Use APA Style?

  • APA:  the writing and documentation style of the American Psychological Association; used in the social sciences, e.g., education, business, social work, nursing.
  • APA:  has standardized methods for citing print and electronic sources in research.
  • APA:  offers a uniform style so that all researchers "are on the same page."
  • APA:  presents a way to organize and communicate technical information so that writing is universally understood.
  • The purpose of citing is to help readers locate the sources from your paper and to give proper credit to the author(s).

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