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Answered By: Kerri Vautour
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2018     Views: 114

There are a number of resources to help you format a paper using the APA style. If you have access to the Springfield, Mass., campus, Library Services has a number of copies of the APA stylebook behind the desk, which you can use within the library.

In addition, a good online resource for formatting a paper using APA is the Purdue OWL webpage.

Finally, many databases that you can access through Library Services have a citation tool that will provide a guide to citing that particular article in a bibliography or list of references. All you need to do is:

  1. Find a good article and click on the title.
  2. Look to the right side of the webpage.
  3. Click on "Cite" or "Citation Tool" (wording differs based on the database).

Library Services also recommends using Mendeley or Zotero, two free, robust citation management tools. Both allow you to directly import citation information from articles in a number of different databases and use it to create a list of references. To learn how to use Mendeley or Zotero, see our Citation Management Tools guide at

Always remember: The databases and citation management tools are not perfect, so make sure to double-check any citations for typographical errors or mistakes.

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