Writing styles exist to ensure consistency and quality. LU students are expected to use APA Style, unless a professor asks you to follow another writing style.

Resources for APA Style

Online Guides

APA Tutorials

Free Citation Creator

  • BibMe – a free automatic citation creator that supports several writing styles, including APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting: http://www.bibme.org/
  • Go to “Format” and select “APA”
  • Enter the ISBN or other bibliographic information
  • Select “Find Book
  • If the search pulls up the book you’re looking for, then select “Add to My Bibliography”
  • Once your bibliography list is complete, you can download it into a Word document.
  • To download your bibliography, you will need to register first — but, don’t worry,  it’s free!

Books in LU Library

Browse the “Research & Writing Collection” on the 1st Floor of LU Library to find books on using APA Style correctly, including the following:

A Few Other Tips

  1. Use the “References” tab in MS Word to automate your citations and reference list.
  2. Create your own “Style Sets” in MS Word according to the style rules (e.g. , for APA: double space, 12-pt, Times New Roman, etc.)
  3. Find a sample citation for the type of resource and mirror it (e.g. journal article, book, web site, etc.)
  4. Email the APA Style Expert: StyleExpert@apa.org
  5. Ask LU Library Staff!