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APA Citation Guide

APA Citation Guide

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Basic explanation (with examples) of APA citation style for internal citations and bibliographic references.
Basic explanation (with examples) of APA citation style for internal citations and bibliographic references.

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A Quick Guide to Using the APA Citation Style, 5
th
edition
The following are examples of how to cite common formats. These are only examples. The APA StyleManual, which can only be obtained in print, is the only authoritative guide to using the APA style andshould be consulted if questions arise. You can use the copy at the Reference Desk in Boatwright Library,the copy in the CMC, or buy your own.
PRINT SOURCESBook:
Wortham, S.E. (2006).
 Learning identity: The joint emergence of social identification and academiclearning 
. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Article or chapter in a book:
Huerta, L.A. (2000). Losing public accountability: A home schooling charter. In B. Fuller (Ed.),
 Insidecharter schools: The paradox of radical decentralization
(pp. 146-163). Cambridge, MA: HarvardUniversity Press.
Journal article:
Hong, E., Sas, M., & Sas, J.C. (2006). Test-taking strategies of high and low mathematics achievers.
 Journal of Educational Research, 99,
144-155.
Magazine article:
Goodwin, B. (2001, November 8). Schools fail Net test.
Computer Weekly,
8-14.
Article in Encyclopedia:
Unger, H.G. (1996). Teacher unions. In
 Encyclopedia of American education
(Vol. 3, pp.970-971). NewYork: Facts on File, Inc.
Newspaper article:
Wermers, J. (2002, February 15). Report outlines test study plan.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch,
 p. C3.
Government PublicationsGeneral:
 National Center for Education Statistics. (2000).
Teacher use of computers and the Internet in public schools
(report number, if available). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
 
Hearing:
 Field hearing on education at a crossroads: Hearing before the Committee on Education and theWorkforce, House of Representatives,
105
th
Cong., 1 (1997).
ERIC Document:
Walker, D. & Felt, M. (1995).
School violence prevention
(Report No. EDO-EA-95-2). Eugene, OR:ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No.ED379786)
ELECTRONIC SOURCESGeneral Website:
The National Institute for Literacy. (n.d.).
 About LINCS 
. Retrieved April 21, 2006, fromhttp://www.nifl.gov/lincs/about/about.html.
Periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers)Internet articles based on a print source:
Jacob, B., & Lefgren, L. (2006). When principals rate teachers [Electronic version].
 Education Next, 6 
,58.
Online only:
Drucker, M.J. (2006). Commentary: Crossing the digital divide: How race, class, and culture matter.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 6 
Journal Articles Obtained from Full-text Online Subscription Databases:
Hong, E., Sas, M., & Sas, J.C. (2006). Test-taking strategies of high and low mathematics achievers.
 Journal of Educational Research, 99,
144-155. Retrieved April 21, 2006, from Education Full Textdatabase.
 
APA In-text CitationsGive the author’s last name and the year of publication. If the author is mentioned in the sentence,then include the year only.Work with one author:
In a recent study of violence in elementary schools (Jones, 2000)Jones (2000) compares incidences of bullying
Work with two authors:
According to a recent report (Brown & Kent, 2002)
Works with 3-5 authors:
 List all of the authors the first time the work is cited, then list the first author with et al. for all subsequent citations.
Wasserstein, Zappulla, Rosen, and Rock (1994) found[first citation]Wasserstein et al. (1994) found[subsequent citations]
Works with 6 or more authors:
Only list first author and et al. followed by year 
Groups as authors:
Must write out the entire name each time the work is cited unless it has a common abbreviation.
(University of Richmond, 2000)[cite this way every time](National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 1999)[cite this way the first time](NIMH, 1999)[subsequent citations]
Authors with the same last name:
 Include the authors initials even if the years of publication are different.
(Brown, M., 2001)
Work with no author:
Use the first few words of the title. Use double quotation marks around article titles or chapters, and italicize the title of a periodical, book, or report.
(“Test-Taking Strategies,” 2006)

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