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Resources to help you properly cite using MLA & APA format.
Last Updated: May 12, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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APA Style Guide & Examples

Library Handout:
"Documenting Sources in APA Style"
[PDF, 8p]

All citation entries should be double-spaced; the examples provided below are single-spaced to save room in this online guide.

Citing Books 

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle.
        Location: Publisher.

Crosson-Tower, C. (1998). Exploring child welfare: A practice perspective. Boston,
        MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Citing Magazine Articles, Print

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of Article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue
        number), pages.

Webber, R. (2010, May/June). Make your own luck. Psychology Today, 43, 62-68.

Citing Magazine Articles, Online

Lemonick, M. D. (2010, May). Study: Global warming is driving lizards to extinction.
        Time. Retrieved from http://

Citing Scholarly Journal Articles, Print

Newton, E. K., & Thompson, R. A. (2010). Parents' views of early social and
        emotional development. Zero to Three, 30(4), 10-16.

Citing Scholarly Journal Articles, Online with DOI

Hoffman, L. & Coffey, B. (2008). Dignity and indignation: How people experiencing
        homelessness view services and providers. The Social Science Journal, 45(2),
 207-222. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2008.03.001

Citing Newspaper Articles, Print

Windrow, J. (2010, March 3). 200 rally against proposed homeless project.
         The Honolulu Advertiser, pp. B1, B4.

Citing Newspaper Articles, Online

Shikina, R. (2010, June 28). State not enforcing night noise-limit law. Honolulu
        Star-Advertiser.  Retrieved from

Indent all lines after the first line of each entry. Alphabetize your reference list by the author's last name. Refer to the library's APA handout for more information and examples.

Rev. August 12, 2011


Need to check your citations? Use the APA Manual!

Cover Art
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. - American Psychological Association
Call Number: BF76.7 .P83 2010
The publication manual provides clear guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and APA style.

Cover Art
Pocket Guide to APA Style, 4th edition
Call Number: BF76.7 .P47 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Concise and thorough, the POCKET GUIDE offers straightforward explanations, annotated examples, and margin notes designed to help the writer produce properly documented papers in the latest APA style.

APA Citation Help Links

Need more help understanding how to cite using APA style? The links below include flash tutorials and useful web sites.

  • APA Style Tutorials
    Go right to the source with these tutorials from APA. Find out about citation basics or what's new in the 6th edition of the APA publication manual.
  • APA Formatting and Style Guide - Purdue OWL
    HCC Librarians recommend this site for its thorough explanations and examples of APA style. Courtesy of Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).
  • Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style
    APA's Publication Manual, 6th Edition, provides complete style guidelines and should be consulted first in all matters concerning APA Style, but these FAQs will help clarify frequent areas of confusion.
  • APA Sample Paper [PDF, 13p]
    This sample paper was adapted from “Effects of Age on Detection of Emotional Information,” by C. M. Leclerc and E. A. Kensinger, 2008, Psychology and Aging, 23, pp. 209–215. Copyright 2008 by the American Psychological Association.
  • Annotated Bibliography Samples
    Courtesy of Purdue OWL. Annotation samples in both MLA and APA styles.

In-Text Citations

References in the text of your paper briefly identify sources and enable readers to locate them in the reference list.

When using APA format, provide at least the author's last name and the date of publication, enclosed in parentheses: (Smith, 2006). For specific examples of citing multiple authors, refer to the OWL at Purdue University.

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