The following definition of APA Style is provided by the American Psychological Association:
APA Style® originated in 1929, when a group of psychologists, anthropologists, and business managers convened and sought to establish a simple set of procedures, or style rules, that would codify the many components of scientific writing to increase the ease of reading comprehension.
As with other editorial styles, APA Style consists of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. It concerns uniform use of such elements as
selection of headings, tone, and length;
punctuation and abbreviations;
presentation of numbers and statistics;
construction of tables and figures,
citation of references; and
many other elements that are a part of a manuscript.
APA Style rules and guidelines are found in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
"What is APA Style?." APA Style. American Psychological Association , 2014. Web. 5 Aug. 2014. <http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/what-is-apa-style.aspx>.
In accordance with APA Style, your reference list should appear at the end of your paper. It provides the information necessary for a reader to locate and retrieve any source you cite in the body of the paper. Each source you cite in the paper must appear in your reference list; likewise, each entry in the reference list must be cited in your text. These basic guidelines from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) will help you create your Reference List.
The Librarians at Suffolk Community College created this short video tutorial to illustrated the basics of creating the APA-style Reference Page.