How to Write a Research Paper in the APA Format: Citation Samples
Working in APA (American Psychological Association) format, has a lot of features required. One of these is how to cite a resource. Citing a resource is important, because it acknowledges the author of the work used. If the work is not cited, that is plagiarism, and will get a paper dismissed very quickly. It can also cause other issues for the student writing the paper, as there are legal ramifications to plagiarism. So how to cite a resource in APA? Let's take a look.
Here are different methods for citing. PC = Paragraph Cite, BR = Bibliography cite.
- One Author
- More than One Author
- One Author with more than One Article Cited
- Authors with same Last Name
PC, (Author last name, date)
BR, Author, (date). Title, publication, number, pages.
More than One Author
PC, 2 Authors (Last Name & Last Name, Date, Pg Number)
PC, more than 2 Authors (Last Name, Last Name, Last Name, Date) first time
Any time after that, (Name, et.al., date)
BR, 2 Authors, Name, & Name, Date, Title, Publication, number, pg.
BR, more than 2 authors, Name, Name, Name, & Name, Date, Title, Publication, Number, Pg.
According to the 6th Edition APA, in recorded format, use the appropriate citing format. If it is an electronic recording, use the electronic format, in journals, use that style, and so on.
If it is an interview the writer did, then (Name, month day, Year)
One Author with more than One Article Cited
PC, (Last Name, date a) Next one would be like this, (Last Name, date b), and so on.
BR, Use the proper format for referencing.
Authors with the Same Last Name
PC, (First Initial, Last Name, First Initial, Last Name, Date)
BR, First Initial, Last Name, First Initial, Last Name, Date, Title, Publication, Number, Pg.
PC, This will follow the Journal rules, in all aspects.
BR, Author, Date, Title: Subtitle if needed, Publisher, Location of Publisher
PC, (Last Name, Date) if at all possible. If no Author is given, use title and date, If no date is given, (Title, N.D.)
BR, Last Name, First Initial, (date). Title: Subtitle is applicable, Pg, Retrieved From Website URL
There are many variations here, based off from different resources, refer to APA Handbook.