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APA 6th Style:  About APA

APA Basics

APA Basics

APA uses the author date citation style.

This style allows readers to find the information sources cited in-text and in the Reference List.

All citations are listed in detail, in alphabetical order in the Reference List at the end of the work.

When inserting a citation in-text, include the author's surname and year of publication. The brief in-text details of the author's surname and year of publication are enclosed in parentheses ( ).

For example:

APA Reference List with two citations.

If you include a direct quote, that is word-for-word, from another source the in-text citation must include the author, year and page numbers where the quotation appeared.

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APA 6th edition

This guide is based on information from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)