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Formatting a Paper with APA Style- Citations

Updated on February 20, 2008


APA is a shortened version of American Psychological Association style of writing. This particular writing style is one of the most accepted styles of writing. With APA format, the headings, format, and citations, of and entire paper is set to a standard.

Hopefully, I will be able to help you with citations in APA style writing. Usually citing a source properly can be he easiest thing to forget or to mess up. So, below you'll find just that information.

Remember when citing you need to:

  • Write the author's name- Last name, First initial. Middle initial.
  • Write the date- Year, Month Day
  • Write the date of a magazine article include the month, date, and year
  • Write the date of a journal article include the year.

When putting your Bibliography together:

  • List sources in alphabetical order.
  • Indent any lines after the first.

APA Citation

Journal Article- page number continues, issue to issue.

Author. (Date). Title of Article. Title of Periodical, Volume, Pages.

Smith. J. A. (1999). Cats. Cats and Dogs, 3, 300-320.

Journal or Magazine-Each issue starts with page number 1.

Author: Last name, First and Middle .Initials. (Date). Title of Article Title of Periodical, Volume, Pages.

Smith. J. A. (1999). Cats. Cats and Dogs, 3(5), 30-35.

Magazine or Journal Article from a Database

Author. (Date). Title of article. Title of periodical, volume, page. Retrieved Date from database.

Doe. S. (2000, May 2). Black and White. Culture Clash in the 80s, 22(3), 45. Retrieved April 22, 2004 from Osiris database.

Newspaper Article

Author. (Date). Title of article. Title of Periodical, page.

Johns, A. (2006, November 2). Beyond Basics. The Truth Lies Beneath, p C5.

Book- 1 author

Author. (Date). Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Grisham, F. (2001). Death to Us All. Chicago, IL: EA Books.

Book- 2 authors.

Author, Author. (Date). Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Grisham, F., Monroe, D. (1997). Death to Us All: Publication of Short Stories. Chicago, IL: EA Books.

Books- more than 2 authors.

Author et all. (Date). Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Grisham, F, et all. (1999). Death to Us All: The Final Story. Chicago, IL: EA Books.

Book Article or Chapter

Author. (Date). Title of Article. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Green, J. (1980). Boa Constrictors. Biology of Snakes. Chicago, IL: EA Books.

Encyclopedia Article

Author. (Date). Title of Article. Title of Book (volume, page). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Johansen, L. (1975). Steamboat. The Britanica Encyclopedia (Vol. 14, pg 200- 221). New York: Big Books Collection.


Author. (Date). Title of Article. Retrieved Date, from Publisher. Website:

Brown, D. (2007). Chocolate for the Soul. Retrieved on January 2, 2008, from The In's and Out's of Chocolate. Website:


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