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APA (7th Edition) for Word 2019

References Page

Putting together a references page correctly is not difficult, but it does require some attention to detail. To get started:

  1. On line one, type: References
  2. Bold and center it and go to line two
  3. Begin typing in your first reference. References must be in alphabetical order, based on author’s last name. We can change the indentation to match the example after we have typed them all in.
  4. References are formatted differently depending on the format of your source, but all APA references follow this basic pattern:

Author, Date, Title, Publication information



Author, A. A. (Date). Title of work. Publisher Name. DOI/URL.

*NOTE: Remove DOI or URL if book is in print.

Here are a couple of examples:

Nietzsche, F. (1998). Twilight of the idols, or, how to philosophize with a hammer. Penguin.

Brown, L. S. (2018). Feminist therapy (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

Beamont, W. (1856). Diary of a journey to the East. Longman.


Author, A. A. (Date). Title of article. Title of periodical, Periodical Information. DOI or URL*

*NOTE: Remove DOI or URL if article is in print. 

Here are a couple examples:  

Alexander, C. (2011, March 23). Canes feeling loose. News & Observer, A1

Tsirlin, A. A. (2008). Irreversible microeconomics: Optimal processes and equilibrium in closed systems. Automation & Remote Control, 69(7),1201-1215.

Ahmann, E., Tuttle, L. J., Saviet, M., & Wright, S. D. (2018). A descriptive review of ADHD coaching research: Implications for college students. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31(1), 17-39.

Merriam-Webster. (n.d). dictionary. Retrieved May 5, 2019, from


Author. (Date). Title of work. Title of Website. http://www.xxxxxxxxxxx

Here are a couple of examples:

Marshall, J. (2011, March 24). What could go wrong? Talking Points Memo.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, March). People at high risk of developing flu-related complications. 

U.S. Census Bureau. (n.d.). U.S. and world population clock. U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from 

Other References

Film, DVD

Hill, W. (Director). (1979). The warriors [Film]. Paramount.

TED Talk

Giertz, S. (2018, April). Why you should make useless things [Video]. TED Conferences.


CCC Library Staff. (2010, December 6). Plagiarism [Video]. YouTube.

Reference Page Formatting

We should now have our references sorted alphabetically on our references page. APA requires that all references appear with hanging indentation. We will now look at how to apply hanging indent to our references.
1. Highlight your references: 
2. With your references highlighted, click on the "Paragraph Settings" box.  
3. Look for the drop box for “Special” indentation. Select “Hanging.”