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APA Citation Style

References Templates

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The Basics

  • bullet Title the page: References. No italics, no underlining, no quotations.
  • bullet Hanging indents: indent every line after the citation's first line 1/2"
  • bullet Alphabetize the source list
  • bullet Put a space after every comma and period.
  • bullet Author names: Last Name, First Initial. (Example: Washington, G.)
  • bullet Capitalization: capitalize the first word and any proper nouns of titles
  • bullet Page numbers: p for one page, pp for multiple pages [books & newspapers only]
  • bullet DOI (Digital Object Identifier): If a journal has a doi, always include it. [journal articles only] (Example: doi: 17.5224/jlpc.75485)

Here are templates and examples of citations for a few commonly used sources. Note that there are many (many) more kinds of sources and citations you could use. Please see the OWL at Purdue, the APA handbook or the Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers (both handbooks are located at the library reference desk).

Keep in mind that you may not be able to find/identify every part of a citation template. Jus do your best. The goal is to give as much information about your source as you can so that your reader (or instructor) can re-locate your sources themselves.

common sources and templates

Journal

Template:

Author Last, First Initial. (publication year) Article title Publication Name, volume(issue), page numbers.

Example:

Grem, D. (2006) 'The South got something to say': Atlanta's dirty south and the southernization of Hip-Hop America. Southern Cultures, 12(4), 55-73.


Magazine

Template:

Author Last Name, First Initial. Article title. (year, Month day of publication) . Publication Name, page numbers.

Example:

We (finally) salute AC/DC. (2008, November 13) . Rolling Stone, p. 16.

(note: there was no author for this article, so that portion of the citation got skipped. That's okay!


Newspaper

Template:

Author Last Name, First Initial. Article title. (year, Month day of publication) . Publication Name, page numbers.

Example:

Evangelista, B. (2011, June 5) . Hot stars revolve around Facebook. San Francisco Chronicle, p. E1.


Anthology selection or book chapter

Template:

Author Last Name, First Initial. (publication year) Selection (Chapter) title. Anthology's editor information, Anthology title. (page numbers.) Publisher location: Publisher name.

Example:

Malcolm, E, and Fry, H. (2009) 'Jazz to Hip-Hop': Evolution of a genre. In F. Montgomery (Ed.), Musical interpretations. (93-114.) New York, NY: Infobase.


Entire book

Template:

Author Last Name, First Initial. (publication year) Book title. Publisher location: Publisher name.

Example:

Montgomery, F. (2009) Musical interpretations. New York, NY: Infobase.


YouTube video

Template:

Author Last Name, First Initial. (publication year, month day) Video title. [Video file] Retrieved from http://www.URLtoYourSourceGoesHere.com.

Example:

YelloSisi. (2013, April 27) Flash mob marriage proposal Regal Cinemas Dublin, CA . [Video file] Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ga3EBTea-k.

(note: Since the author created their username on youtube, that's the name that gets plugged in to the template, "as is".)


Webpage

Template:

Author Last Name, First Initial. (publication year, month, day). Page title. Publication info. Retrieved from http://www.URLtoYourSourceGoesHere.com.

Example:

Stern, J. (2013, June 14). Facebook hashtags: Time to go over those privacy settings again. ABC News: Tech this out . Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-hashtags-protecting-privacy-posts/story?id=19396453#.Ub90_NjDDSg.



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