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Citing Sources in APA Style: References Page

How to cite sources using APA style

Basic Rules

The References page follows the last page of your text. It documents sources cited and provides information to access each source.

  • The word "References" should be centered at the top of the page.  Keep the running head of your paper and follow the page number order.
  • Arrange items in alphabetical order by first word of the entry.
  • Use hanging indent and double space the entire page - no extra lines between items.
  • List all authors in the order given up to and including seven authors. For more than seven authors, list the first six followed by a comma and... final author.
  • Capitalize the first word of article/book titles, subtitles and any proper nouns.
  • Italicize periodical titles, use upper and lower case as given.
  • Any URLs should be in plain text (to remove color/underlining in Word, right click on URL and select Remove Hyperlink).
  • If no publication date is available, write "n.d." in the parenthesis.
  • If URL or DOI is included, do not end reference with a period.

Books and other non-periodicals

Author, A. A. (1999). Title of work: Subtitle. City, ST: Publisher.

Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Ebooks

Janek, E. (2010). A short history of Wisconsin. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/edgewood-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3417331

Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The story of success [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com

Chapter or part of a book

(with chapters by different authors) [section 7.02 p. 202]

O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.

Entry in an online encyclopedia

no author [7.02.30 p. 205]

Relativity. (2009). In Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Retrieved from http://www.search.eb.com/eb/article-9109465

Articles

Volume number is in italics; issue number is not. [6.30 p. 186].
List all authors in order given, up to 7 [6.12 p. 175]

Journal article with DOI

Wijga, A. H., Scholtens, S., Wieringa, M. H., Kerkhof, M., Gerritsen, J., Brunekreef, B., . . . Smit, H. A. (2009). Adenotonsillectomy and the development of overweight. Pediatrics, 123(6), 1095-1101. doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-1502

or

Wijga, A. H., Scholtens, S., Wieringa, M. H., Kerkhof, M., Gerritsen, J., Brunekreef, B., . . . Smit, H. A. (2009). Adenotonsillectomy and the development of overweight. Pediatrics, 123(6), 1095-1101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2008-1502

When including a DOI, you may use either style shown above, but you must use the same style throughout your paper.

Journal article with no DOI

If there is no DOI, the entry should stop at the page numbers.  DO NOT include the article URL from the library database.

Light, M.A. & Light, I.H. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8(1), 73-82.

Print newspaper - no author

Big tobacco strikes back. (2009, September 7). The New York Times, p. A14.

Newspaper - author and discontinuous pages

McNeil, D. G., Jr. (2009, September 11). One shot seen as protective for swine flu. The New York Times, pp. A1, A13.

Eric Documents

(informally published) [see section 7.09.62 p.212 of A.P.A.]

Muhammad, B. D. (2009). Does site-based management increase student achievement? Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED505985)

Reviews

  • Identify the type of medium being reviewed in brackets - book, motion picture, TV program, etc.
  • For Book add title, by author names; For film, DVD, or other media include title, producer, year of release.
  • For untitled reviews, use information in brackets as the title and keep brackets.

Rochman, H. (2001, November 1) [Review of the book Tiger's fall ]. Booklist 98 (5), 35.

Schatz, B. R. (2000, November 17). Learning by text or context? [Review of the book The social life of information, by J. S. Brown & P. Duguid]. Science, 290, 1304. doi:10.1126/science.290.5495.1304

Websites

Article from an Online Periodical

Brenhouse, H. (2010). Electrical charge helps sun shine on solar panels. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/business/energy-environment/13iht-renpanel.html

Corporate Author, citing a section/chapter of a document

Edgewood College. (n.d.). Academic honesty policy. In Student handbook. Retrieved from http://my.edgewood.edu/sites/services/shk/Contents/AcademicHonestyPolicy.aspx

Government & Institutional Reports

Identify the publisher as part of the retrieval statement unless [it] has been identified as the author: Retrieved from Agency Name website: http://www.xxxxxxx [see 7.03 p. 205]

Smith, S., & Jones, J. (2009). Assessing heart failure in long term care facilities. Retrieved from University of Iowa Department of Nursing, Gerontology Nursing Interventions Research Center website: http://www.nursing.uiowa.edu/sites/users/Gardery/EBP/Protocols.htm

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (2009). The assessment accommodation matrix for Wisconsin. Retrieved from http://dpi.wi.gov/oea/pdf/accom09.pdf

Image or Item from a Website

Follow this basic format:    Author, A. (date). Title of item [Format description]. Retrieved from http://URL

Halasz, P. (2007). La Trobe University library, Bundoora campus [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Library_Pengo.jpg

AudioVisual Media

[See Audiovisual Media 7.07 p.209 for more examples]

Smith, M. (Producer/Director). (2008). Heat: A global investigation [DVD]. Alexandria, Va.: PBS Home Video.

Frost, B. (2015, January 4). Frog Dissection Structures & Functions [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W46aHMsefc

Dissertations & Theses

Follow Basic form and add retrieval information as necessary. [7.05 p.207]

Author, A. A. (Year) Title of dissertation or master's theses (Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis). Name of Institution, Location.

From a commercial database

McNeil. D. S. (2006) Meaning through narrative: A personal narrative discussing growing up with an alcoholic mother (Master's thesis). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 1434728)

From an institutional database

Adams, R.J. (1973) Building a foundation for evaluation of instruction in higher education and continuing education (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd/

Unpublished dissertation

(for example from the library or borrowed through ILL)

Fitzgerald, M. K. (2008). Defining the transition-to-school needs of Latino English language learner families (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Edgewood College, Madison WI.

Other Items

Legal Documents

Brown v. Board of Educ., 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

Lessard v. Schmidt, 349 F. Supp. 1078 (E.D. Wis. 1972).

Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621 (1967).

Charter Schools, Wis. Stat. § 118.40 (2011).

 

Lecture Presentation

Johnson, A. (2012, April). Women's suffrage movement. Class lecture presented in HIST 352: Women in the 20th century, at Edgewood College, Madison, WI.

Muellbauer, J. (2007, September). Housing, credit, and consumer expenditure. In S. C. Ludvigson (Chair), Housing and consumer behavior. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Jackson Hole, WY.

 

Mobile Apps

[See also the rules for Software 7.08 p. 210]

Skyscape. (2013). Skyscape Medical Resources (Version 1.17.42) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com

For a reference entry within an app:

Diabetes. (2013). In Epocrates Essentials for Apple iOS (Version 5.1) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://www.epocrates.com/mobile/iphone/essentials

 

Transcript

Joyce, C. (2009, September 3). Can Dirt Really Save Us From Global Warming? [Radio program transcript]. In R. Montagne (Host), Morning Edition. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=112496096

Sample References List in APA