Answered By: Elaine M. Patton
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2018     Views: 3

The style guide published by the American Psychological Association is referred to as APA style. You're most likely to use it for papers written for psychology and sociology classes.

There are two major distinctions from the likely more familiar MLA style:

  • APA papers consist of 4 parts: title page, abstract page, the paper itself, and the references page(s).
  • In-text/parenthetical citations also include the year, e.g. (Smith, 2009, p. 15) compared to MLA's (Smith 15).

APA Style also differs from MLA style in how references are formatted and the information provided. You can refer to our APA Reference Guide to see how citations should be written, and the How to Format... document will show you a bird's eye view of an APA paper with instructions on how to get the formatting correct.