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APA Resources: Resources for Using APA Style

Tips on APA Style, general writing guidelines, and criteria for scholarly references

Citing Images Using APA

Any images used in a paper or presentation using APA Style should be cited. (Keep in mind that citing the image is different than having permission to use it.)

For example, to use this photo:

June Flowers
(Kehn, 2012)

there is an in-text citation below the image, and the reference list should contain:

Kehn, J. (2012). June Flowers. [Photo]. Retrieved from

Citation Management

To help manage citations and quickly format a references list, we recommend using RefWorks, citation management software provided by FNU. See the link below for detailed information on setting up an account and using RefWorks.

Helpful Links

These links provide resources IN ADDITION to the official resources from APA Style. Those resources are the final authority, but these links will supplement and perhaps simplify information found there.

APA Style

APA Manual

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association was created to set standards and rules for scholarly writing.  Though it has changed much over the years, its aim is still the same. Now in its sixth edition, the Manual guides readers on stylistic choices as well as citation. The rules set forth in the Manual are commonly referred to as APA Style.  Many social and behavioral sciences use this style for their writing and publication, and it is used exclusively in Nursing.  Papers at FNU must be written in APA Style and the Publication Manual is a required textbook for FNU students.


APA Academic Writer is the official online resource on APA Style. It contains quick guides, tutorials, and examples to help you use APA Style in your writing.

The APA Style Guide to Electronic References, Sixth Edition is an expansion and update of the coverage of electronic references within the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It offers up-to-date information on formatting electronic references.

APA Style also maintains a website with more information and resources on using APA Style.

How to Format Word for a Paper in APA Style

Watch the video below for a demonstration of how to set up Microsoft Word for the APA format (sixth edition).

APA Questions?

Still have questions? You can contact the APA Style Experts using the link below. Students have reported getting a response within a couple of hours.

APA Shortcuts

APA Style Blog

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