The APA citation style is a set of rules created by the American Psychological Association. Generally, this style is used by the social sciences to cite sources in papers, essays, etc.
Most of the examples in this guide were taken from:
Though not labeled as such, APA citations are composed of 4 core elements: who, when, what, where.
who -- author field
when -- date field (in parentheses)
what -- title of the source
where -- where the source lives
Anderson, A. K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 154, 258-281. doi: 10.1037/0096-34126.96.36.1998
Who = Anderson, A. K.
When = (2005)
What = Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness.
Where = Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 154, 258-281. doi: 10.1037/0096-34188.8.131.528
Microsoft Word includes a citation utility that promises to format citations in several styles, such as MLA, APA, and Chicago. This utility should not be used, as it is never correctly programmed and produces erroneously formatted citations.
Please note that the Jessup Library librarians do not support the Word citing utility and are therefore unable to help students who choose to use it. The librarians suggest learning how to cite from scratch.
Citation generators format your citations based on the information you enter into their fields. Using these apps is counterproductive because
Formatting the hanging indent with Word:
 Select the text you would like to format (you can select your entire list of citations, for example, to format all at once)
 From the Home tab in Word, select the arrow next to Paragraph
 Next, under Special, select Hanging
 Click OK. Your selected text will now be formatted with a hanging indent.
Formatting the hanging indent with Google docs:
To see how to format the hanging indent using Google Docs, see this tutorial.