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APA 7th Style:  Conferences

UON Library guide for the APA 7th referencing style

Published conference papers


Paper published in a journal

Reference as a journal article

Paper published in a proceedings or online

Reference as a chapter from an edited book

Conference proceedings


Proceedings published in print or online

Reference as an edited book

Proceedings published in a journal

Reference as a special issue of a journal:

1st Editor Surname, Initial., & 2nd Editor Surname, Initial. (Eds.). (Year). Title of special issue [Special issue]. Journal Title, Volume(issue).

Poster presentations


General Notes:

  • A poster presentation is a short piece presented at at conference to communicate research quickly to others.  You may be able to access the actual poster that was printed, but sometimes only the abstract is available.

  • The date used should be the days of the conference.

  • These require the description [Poster presentation] to be added after the title.

  • Titles of presentations should always be italicised.

  • You should include the title of the conference as part of the reference, along with the full place details (City, State, Country) where possible.

  • Presentations do not require the words 'Retrieved from' before an access link.  This is a major revision for APA 7. 

  • Do not include a full-stop after the URL at the end of the reference.

  • APA allows for links to be either plain text or 'active'. See the official APA Style Blog for more information.

Poster presentation

Author Surname, Initial. (Year, Month Day-Day). Title of poster presentation [Poster presentation]. Title of Conference, City, State, Country. https://...


Reference list examples:

Li, W., Rogers, S., & Kravchuk, O. (2017, December 11-13). Towards a framework for work skills development in biometrics in the era of digital agriculture in Australia [Poster presentation]. International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT), Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Mitchell, T. (2018, July 30-August 2). 11 ½ things for digital literacy [Poster presentation]. Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.



Every time you paraphrase, or use an idea from another source you must include an in-text citation to that source.
Follow the general pattern:  (Author Surname, Year)


Australian education providers will need to address a number of challenges to ensure standards of special education are fully supporting students with special needs and their families (Smith, 2012).


Direct Quotations

If you include a direct quote, that is word-for-word from a source, add a page reference to your in-text citation, e.g.:

“These films absorb, through a collage of images, traces of the Italian inheritance of neo-realist cinema” (Acciari, 2014, p. 14).

NOTE: Use "p" when quoting from one page - for example (Acciari, 2014, p. 14), and "pp" when quoting from more than one page - for example (Wessel, 2015, pp. 53-54).

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