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Physician Assistant

Welcome to the LibGuide for the Physician Assistant (PA) Program. This guide has been designed to provide information and resources that will help you, the student, during the program.

American Psychological Association 7th Edition Formatting Style

The Physician Assistant program requires all papers to follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Associationwhich contains guidelines for formatting research papers and reference citations.  WCU offers a Research Guide for APA Help that provides assistance in navigating the formatting guidelines.      

In addition to our own Research Guide, a print copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7thedition) is available for use from your campus library:

Welcome to the APA 7th Edition LibGuide!


APA is a style of writing and formatting created and updated by the American Psychological Association (APA). APA style contains guidelines for formatting and structuring research papers, reference citations, case studies, literature reviews, and term papers. 

For a full APA sample paper that will open in Microsoft Word, click on the link below.

Feel free to contact your campus librarian if you need additional help.

Looking for APA 6th edition? Click here for the APA Help (6th edition) research guide.

APA 7th Edition Basics

  • One inch margins (top, bottom, left and right sides).
  • Acceptable fonts styles and sizes include:
  • Sans serif


    11-point Calibri

    12-point Times New Roman

    11-point Arial

    11-point Georgia

    10-point Lucida Sans Unicode


  • Double spacing throughout document.
  • ½-inch indent in each new paragraph.
  • Abstract is written in block style (no indention).
  • All pages should contain a page number in the upper-right hand corner of each page.
  • Information quoted from a reference source should be in quotation marks. Quotations more than 40 words need to be in block style format.
  • Reference sources need to be cited in the text of your paper.
  • References start on a new page, alphabetized by Author's last name, ½-inch hanging indent, and double-spaced.
  • Titles of books, journals, periodicals (e.g. magazines and newspapers) should appear in italics.
  • Use the singular "they" as a generic third-person pronoun rather than "he or she"

Concise Guide Student Paper Checklist -  This checklist, designed by APA, was created to help students ensure academic papers are consistent with APA (7th edition) formatting style.

American Psychological Association. (2020). Concise guide to APA Style (7th ed.).

Additional Electronic Resources

APA Style offers links to instructional aids, in-text citations and reference citations examples, writing without bias guidelines, and more.  The APA Style Blog offers answers on citations, formatting, and other user-asked APA related questions. 

OWL at Purdue - The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University has been designed to assist users of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition formatting and citation style.

Organize & Cite - RefWorks

Do you need assistance with citing articles for your papers and research assignments?  RefWorks is an online reference tool that gathers all of your sources and automatically formats them into citations and bibliographies.  

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