APA Referencing

It is American Psychological Association referencing style and is generally used in social sciences. It is more or less similar to Harvard referencing.

Referencing a Book

  • Author's surname and initials, followed by a full stop
  • Publication year in brackets, followed by a full stop
  • Title of text in italics followed by a full stop
  • Place of publication followed by a colon
  • Name of publishers followed by a full stop
Taylor, T. (2008). How to Reference. London: Macmillan.

Referencing a Journal

  • Author of article, surname and initials followed by a full stop
  • Date of publication in brackets followed by a full stop
  • Title of article followed by a full stop
  • Title of journal in italics followed by a full stop
  • Issue number followed by a full stop
  • Page numbers followed by a full stop.
Taylor, T. (2008). Good Referencing. Referencing Today. 2. 11-26.

Referencing an electronic source

  • Author of article, surname and initials followed by a full stop
  • Date of publication in brackets followed by a full stop
  • Name of article followed by a full stop
  • Name of website in italics followed by a full stop
  • Date retrieved followed by a full stop
  • Website URL
Taylor, J. (2007). APA Referencing. Online Referencing Guide. Retrieved March 12, 2008, from

Citation in APA is done in similar manner to Harvard referencing.

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