APA Format Sample Reference List
Within the box below is an example of how an actual reference list would look. Note the hanging indent
of each new reference entry. Note also that all items are alphabetized by the first major word of the entry.
Finally, note that everything is double spaced.
An actual reference list would have at least 1-inch margins. The page has a running head in the header
area (i.e., a shortened version of the paper’s title). The reference list comes at the end of the paper, so the
pagination continues (i.e., this would be page 14 of the paper).
THEORY AND PRACTICE 14
Aurora University. (2009). Aurora University graduate catalog 2009-2011. Aurora, IL: Author.
Coptic Orthodox Church. (1995). In Encyclopaedia Britannica (Vol. 3, pp. 615-616). Chicago,
IL: Encyclopaedia Britannica.
D’Angelo, R., & Douglas, H. (Eds.). (2008). Taking sides: Clashing views in race and ethnicity
(6th ed.). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.
Doyle, D. (n.d.). Reading better and faster. Retrieved from
Fear and ignorance and biotech. [Editorial]. (2000, January 31). Chicago Tribune, p. 14.
Frank, J. (1974). The world of Raskolnikov. In R. L. Jackson (Ed.), Twentieth century
interpretations of Crime and Punishment (pp. 81-90). Englewood Cliffs, NJ:
Franzen, P. L., Siegle, G. J., & Buysse, D. J. (2008). Relationships between affect, vigilance, and
sleepiness following sleep deprivation. Journal of Sleep Research, 17(1), 34-41. doi:10.1
Morson, G. S. (1994). Narrative and freedom: The shadows of time. New Haven, CT: Yale
Schlossberg, N. K., Lynch, A. Q., & Chickering, A. W. (1989). Improving higher education
environments for adults. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
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