APA Citation Style

Several departments and courses at Red Deer College, including Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work, require the use of the American Psychological Association (APA) style for citing references in student papers. It is important to remain consistent within the paper and to use the style recommended by your instructor. This guide addresses citation style only. For information on manuscript formatting, including title pages and appendices, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The purpose of documentation is to:   Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper. Indicate the authors or sources of these in a References list at the end of your paper.

Numbers in parentheses refer to pages in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), unless otherwise noted. The examples in this guide cover frequently used citation forms only. For more detailed information refer to:   the RDC online APA guide at the Publication Manual at the Information Desk.

General Guidelines for APA Citation Style  All sources of information and data, whether quoted directly or paraphrased, are cited with parenthetical references in the text of your paper (p. 170). Example: (Walker, 2003).  To document your research throughout the text of your paper cite by author and date (p.174). If quoting directly from a source, include the page number on which that quote appears. Example: (Walker, 2003, p. 238)  Double-space your entire paper, including the References list and any block quotes (pp.171, 180).  List References entries with a hanging indent (p.180).  Arrange References entries in one alphabetical sequence by the surname of the first author or by title or first word if there is no author (pp.181-183).  Use only the initial(s) of the author’s given name, not the full name (p.184).  If the References list includes 2 or more entries by the same author(s), list them in chronological order with the earliest first (p.182).  When a work has 2 authors, cite both names every time the reference occurs. When a work has 3-5 authors, cite all the names the first time the reference occurs; in subsequent citations, use the surname of the first author followed by et al. When a work has 6+ authors, use the surname of the first author followed by et al. every time the reference occurs in the text (p.175).  If the author’s name is unavailable, use the title of the article, book or Web source, including the appropriate capitalization and italics format (pp.176-177). Example: (Scientists say, 2000).  In titles and subtitles capitalize only the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns, except in parenthetical (in text) citations (p.185).  Italicize book titles, journal titles, and volume numbers. Do not italicize issue numbers.  References cited in text must appear in the References list and vice versa. The only exceptions to this rule are personal communications and classical works; they are cited in text only and are not included in the References list (p.174).  When the References entry includes a URL that must be divided between two lines, break it before a slash or dash or at another logical division point (p.192).

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If a quotation is 40 words or more. para. do include Bertram (1996). p. If the paragraph number is not visible. “Quotations are effective in research papers when used selectively” (p.apastyle. 109) indicates that.179) Letters. [Do not include Fong (1987) in your References. use the abbreviation “para” and the relevant number in the parentheses. 2003.171-172) If a resource contains no page numbers. 1) More Tips for APA Citation When you need to leave out part of a quotation to make it fit grammatically or because it contains irrelevant/unnecessary information. and the like are not included in the reference list because they do not provide recoverable data.173). a paraphrase of Gibaldi’s earlier quotation might be identified as follows: When writing the research paper. because you did not read the original report. In 2003. 5) aptly phrased it… (Beutler. 2000. e-mails. For more information access the APA website at www. but this depends on how memory is tested. 4 | Updated 11/20/09 http://rdc. personal communication. insert ellipses (pp.LIBRARY INFORMATION COMMON Citations In Text How to Cite Quotations (pp. 2005) How to Cite Information When You Have Not Seen the Original Source (p. However. memos. April 15. Fong’s 1987 study (as cited in Bertram. and provide as exact a date as possible: (Y. In this case. then you cannot include a page number in the parentheses. if the source indicates paragraph numbers.178) Sometimes an author writes about research that someone else has done. The words “as cited in” in the parenthetical reference indicate you have not read the original research. Martel.172-173). enclosed in quotation marks. If you must add or slightly change words within a quotation for reasons of grammar or . you must cite the original author or researcher. students should use quotations judiciously (Gibaldi. Give the initials as well as the surname of the communicator. “Quotations are effective in research papers when used selectively”. 109). Gibaldi (2003. Fit quotations within your sentences. Conclusion. As Myers (2000.170-171) When you incorporate a direct quotation into a sentence. For example. 109).org/manual/index.libguides. Remember that “[q]uotations are effective in research papers when used selectively” (Gib aldi. but you are unable to track down the original research report. omit quotation marks and use a block format in which the quotation is indented about ½ inch (or 5 spaces) from the left margin. How to Cite Summaries or Paraphrases Even if you put information in your own words by summarizing or paraphrasing. cite the heading and the paragraph number following it. p. indicate the change with square brackets (p. you will include only the source you did consult in your References. How to Cite Lecture Notes / Personal Communications (p. Gibaldi wrote that. para. you must cite the source. Cite them in text only. p. 2003. making sure the sentences are grammatically correct. 1996) found that older students’ memory can be as good as that of young people.aspx and click on Learning APA Style. as can be the case with electronic sources.] How to Cite Information If No Page Numbers Are Available (pp. 109). personal interviews.

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