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APA citation requires a cover page (Note the centered format and information).

Title of Your Paper
Professor Name (Not Always Required)
Due Date (Not Always required)

The title page and every subsequent page of your paper must include a running head at the upper left hand corner. It looks like this on the cover page: “Running Head: Title of Your Paper”. On the following pages the running head should be: “Title of Your Paper”. Include your last name and the page number on every page at the upper right corner except the cover page.

Ex. In the Header Section of the cover page

Running Head: How to Start a New Business                                                Klaesges 1

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In-Text Citations:

Books and electronic sources are cited similarly, but there’s a difference if the citation is a direct reference or a paraphrase. If you directly quote the material, you must include the page number (if available) along with the author and publication date. When you paraphrase, don’t include the page number, just the author and publication year.

TIP: You can often find the year of a book’s publication on the back of the first page. The publication date for online sources is often at the top beneath the author’s name or at the very bottom in the notes.

Ex: Sometimes it was manageable anxiety, but other times it was great distress; however, every time Carl heard the sound, the hair on the back of his neck would stand up (Kohn, 2007).

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Works Cited Page:

All sources should be listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name and double spaced with no additional spaces between citations. The second line (and all following lines) of the reference should be indented (this is called a hanging indent).

TIP: To indent the second line on Word, place your cursor at the beginning of your second line and right click. Then select paragraph from the pop-up menu. Under indentation, use the special menu to select hanging. Select 0.5″.

Ex: Kohn, A.J. (2007). FACES of abnormal psychology interactive. Retrieved October 4,
2016, from http://mhhe.com/socscience/psychology/faces

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