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Introduction to APA 7th Edition

APA style is used in Nursing, Allied Health, Social Work, and other WKU programs. The latest edition (shown below) is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, 2019. WKU Libraries does not have the full manual online. Highlights of the Publication Manual and online assistance are available at APA Style.

See Citation Guides and Style Manuals  for guidance on formatting APA Citations.


"Official" Print/Online Resources for APA 7th

Special Topics -- APA 7th

Citing in APA Format Resource List

How do I put my sources in APA 7th format?

Publication Manual, Chapter 10, p. 315-352, is authoritative source for APA. Full guide is print-only.

APA Style  APA online source with reference examples.

See examples for articles, books and Internet sources.

Several other sources help cite in APA 7th format. Always double-check for accuracy. 

  • One-Search, Library Databases, and Google Scholar [cite] button
  • Internet help sites
  • Citation generators
  • Reference managers (Zotero, Endnote). Integrate with Word.

Example One: One-Search Cite button

Click [...] at upper right:

Then click the Cite " button:

Select [APA] and copy and paste your APA citation. Note that One-Search still uses 6th edition. Proofread carefully: capital letters, elements of citation correct, hanging indent, and DOI (if any):

Example Two: EBSCOhost cite button

Click title hyperlink to display full record:

Click [Cite] on right of full EBSCOhost record:

Then scroll to see APA citation:


Now use your critical thinking skills ... does this APA citation include the author, date, title, and source, formatted exactly like the examples from the Publication Manual and APA StyleCould your reader follow the URL or DOI (if any) to find this source?

Always check the APA template to make sure citation is correct. Our database has incorrectly added "" to the DOI. This is incorrect because someone not at WKU couldn't follow this link. Test by copying/pasting into a Web browser.

Here is corrected citation:

Tarnopolsky, A., Fletcher, N., Hollenberg, L., Lange, B., Smith, J., & Wolfe, J. (2005). Acoustics: The vocal tract and the sound of a didgeridoo. Nature436(7047), 39.

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