APA Format–6th Edition
–The American Psychological Association (APA) style is widely accepted in the
social sciences and other fields, such as education, business, and nursing. The APA citation
format requires parenthetical citations within the text rather than endnotes or footnotes.
Citations in the text provide brief information, usually the name of the author and the date of
publication, to lead the reader to the source of information in the reference list at the end of
NOTE: Although the examples in this guide are shown in single space,
APA style requires double spacing throughout (e.g. text, references,
APA RULES FOR THE REFERENCES PAGE
– The following sections show some of the
more commonly used APA citation rules.
NOTE: All citations must be in the Hanging Indent Format with the first line
flush to the left margin and all other lines indented.
JOURNALS, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS IN PRINT FORMAT
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article.
Title of Journal, xx, xxx-xxx.
NOTE: The journal title and the volume number are in italics. Issue numbers
are not required if the journal is continuously paged. If paged individually, the
issue number is required and is in regular type in parentheses adjacent to the
Williams, J. H. (2008). Employee engagement: Improving participation in safety.
Professional Safety, 53
Two to Seven Authors [List all authors]
Keller, T. E., Cusick, G. R., & Courtney, M. E. (2007). Approaching the transition to
adulthood: Distinctive profiles of adolescents aging out of the child welfare system.
Social Services Review, 81
Eight or More Authors [List the first six authors, … and the last author]
Wolchik, S. A., West, S. G., Sandler, I. N., Tein, J.-Y., Coatsworth, D., Lengua, L.,.Griffin, W. A.
(2000). An experimental evaluation of theory-based mother and mother-child
programs for children of divorce. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68,
Mathews, J., Berrett, D., & Brillman, D. (2005, May 16). Other winning equations.
Newspaper Article with No Author and Discontinuous Pages
Generic Prozac debuts. (2001, August 3). The Washington Post,
pp. E1, E4.
BOOKS, CHAPTERS IN BOOKS, REPORTS, ETC.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Alexie, S. (1992). The business of fancydancing: Stories and poems.
Brooklyn, NY: Hang Loose Press.
Corporate Author with an Edition and Published by the Corporate Author
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental
(4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary
ed.). (2007). Philadelphia,
Chapter in a Book
Booth-LaForce, C., & Kerns, K. A. (2009). Child-parent attachment relationships, peer
relationships, and peer-group functioning. In K. H. Rubin, W. M. Bukowski, & B.
Laursen (Eds.), Handbook of peer interactions, relationships, and groups
507). New York,
NY: Guilford Press.
Shyyan, V., Thurlow, M., & Liu, K. (2005). Student perceptions of instructional strategies:
Voices of English language learners with disabilities.
Minneapolis, MN: National
Center on Educational
Outcomes, University of Minnesota. Retrieved from the ERIC
ONLINE JOURNALS, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS
General Format - Databases
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Name of Journal, xx,
Article Retrieved from an Online Database
NOTE: Use the article's DOI (Digital Object Identifier), the unique code
given by the publisher to a specific article.
Senior, B., & Swailes, S. (2007). Inside management teams: Developing a teamwork survey
instrument. British Journal of Management, 18,
NOTE: Use the journal's home page URL (or web address) if there is no
DOI. This may require a web search to locate the journal's home page.
There is no period at the end of web address. Break a long URL before
Koo, D. J., Chitwoode, D. D., & Sanchez, J. (2008). Violent victimization and the routine
activities/lifestyle of active drug users. Journal of Drug Issues, 38,
Retrieved from http://www2
Article from an Online Magazine
Lodewijkx, H. F. M. (2001, May 23). Individual-group continuity in cooperation and
competition under varying communication conditions.
Current Issues in Social Psychology, 6
(12), 166-182. Retrieved from
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Retrieved from web address
Online Report from a Nongovernmental Organization
Kenney, G. M., Cook, A., & Pelletier, J. (2009). Prospects for reducing uninsured rates among
children: How much can premium assistance programs help?
Retrieved from Urban
Institute website: http://
Online Report with No Author Identified and No Date
GVUs 10th WWW user survey.
(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www
Web Sites in Parenthetical Citations:
To cite an entire Web site (but not a specific
document within the site), it is sufficient to give the URL of the site in the text. No entry in
the reference list is needed. Example:
Kidpsych is an excellent website for young children (http://
REFERENCE CITATIONS IN TEXT
– APA utilizes a system of brief referencing in the text of
a paper, whether one is paraphrasing or providing a direct quotation from another author's
work. Citations in the text usually consist of the name of the author(s) and the year of
publication. The page number is added when utilizing a direct quotation.
Indirect Quotation with Parenthetical Citation
Libraries historically highly value intellectual freedom and patron confidentiality
Indirect Quotation with Author as Part of the Narrative
LaRue (2007) identified intellectual freedom and patron confidentiality as two key
values held historically by libraries.
Direct Quotation with Parenthetical Citation
Darwin used the metaphor of the tree of life "to express the other form of
interconnectedness–genealogical rather than ecological" (Gould & Brown, 1991, p.
Direct Quotation with Author as Part of the Narrative
Gould and Brown (1991) explained that Darwin used the metaphor of the tree of life
"to express the other form of interconnectedness– genealogical rather than
CITING SECONDARY SOURCES --
When citing in the text a work discussed in a
secondary source, give both the primary and the secondary sources. In the example
below, the study by Seidenberg and McClelland was mentioned in an article by Coltheart,
Curtis, Atkins, & Haller.
Seidenberg and McClelland's study (as cited in Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins, & Haller,
1993) provided a glimpse into the world
In the references page, you would cite the secondary source you read not the original study.
Coltheart, M., Curtis, B., Atkins, P., & Haller, M. (1993). Models of reading aloud: Dual
route and parallel-distributed-processing approaches. Psychological Review, 100,
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