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APA Style:
Bullet points and numbered lists (APA, 2012, pp: 63-65)

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Bullet points:

To bullet point complete paragraphs or sentences

Punctuate and capitalise as you usually would without a bullet point (i.e., the first word of the bullet point will have a capital, and each sentence, including the final sentence, will end with a full stop).

To bullet point within a sentence

Punctuate as you usually would without a bullet point (i.e., separate bulleted items with commas at the end of each point, or with a semicolon as appropriate - refer to guides on semi-colons and commas).


Numbered Lists:

When each item in a list is a separate paragraph

  • Use a number followed by a full stop and a space to list the paragraphs, for
    example, 1. .... 2. .... 3. .... and so forth.
  • Punctuate the paragraphs as usual.

Within a paragraph or sentence

  • Use lower case letters in parentheses to separate items in a list, for example,
    (a) .... , (b) .... , (c) .... and so forth
  • Punctuate the list with commas or semicolons as usual.


Material adapted from:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Schwartz, B. M., Landrum, R. E., & Gurung, R. A. R. (2010). An easy guide to APA style. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.