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APA style is one of the most common formats for citing sources Other well known citation styles include MLA and Chicago. This citation guide will help you cite sources flawlessly and efficiently in APA format.
APA citations consist of two parts:
An in-text citation is a concise way to show the reader where the original idea came from and to give credit to the original author.
According to the APA citation guidelines, you should write down the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication. When quoting a source it is also required to include the page number(s). This can be done in multiple ways:
The APA reference page, included after the main text, contains the full reference of all sources cited in the text. Sources are ordered alphabetically based on the author’s last name (or on the title for sources with no author).
The reference format differs depending on the source type (e.g. a website, journal, book). The format also changes when information about a source is missing (e.g. an unknown author or publication date) or when information is added (e.g. a second edition book).
There are certain formatting rules you must adhere to when writing a paper in APA format. The basic requirements are:
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If you use several sources, you should refer to them frequently in your text. The basic rule is that it is better to refer to sources too much than too little.
Readers of your thesis should know at a glance if the information you are presenting is taken from a source.
You may find that you don’t have all of the information normally required for a citation, particularly if you are using internet sources. If this happens, just skip those fields in the APA Generator. The citation will be generated for you in the correct manner.
See examples of sources that are missing a title, publication date or author.
If you want to refer to a source that is included in another source, we recommend that you try to track down the original source. If you find it, you can then just cite it following the normal APA rules.
If you cannot find that original source, you should cite it through the source that mentioned it. This is called making an indirect reference or citing a secondary source.
Within your text, you then need to mention both authors.
Example: Driessen (in Swaen, 2014) uses three methods.
If one author has quoted another author, you need to add “as cited.”
Example: Driessen (in Swaen, 2014) describes three methods.
If you want to use a translation of a quote, the APA Style says that you should treat it as paraphrased text – not a quote.
In this case, follow the regular rules for paraphrasing and don’t use quotation marks. In your reference list, write the original title followed by the translated title in square brackets: [x].
Write the citations in alphabetical order, separated by semicolons and spaces.
Example: Several studies (Driessen & Anterveld, 2002; Swaen, 1997; Van Laak, 2011) show…
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