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APA Formatting

How to format your assignment in APA style

Getting Started

The University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) has chosen to follow APA guidelines for referencing and formatting because it is the style used by most nursing researchers. Many nursing journals use APA for publishing articles, so it is very important that those in the nursing profession know and understand APA guidelines. 

What is "APA?"

APA stands for the American Psychological Association. The APA publishes a style guide that is updated regularly called the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

What does APA require?

At UCQ, an APA-style paper may also be called a scholarly or academic paper. The requirements may differ from one professor to another, but you will be expected to include some or all of the elements displayed in the tabs on the left side of this screen. 

The information in this guide is based on the suggestions made in the 7th edition of the APA publication manual:

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).