APA Series Part Five: APA Reference Page

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Part five of our APA series provides an example of an APA Reference page done in compliance with the latest standards of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). These citation examples follow APA style and format instructions and could likely be found in any research project. Consider using this sample APA reference page as a resource page when creating your own reference page for your next term paper or research assignment. For your reference, we have also provided an example of how to format an APA title page. If you still aren't sure that your citations are correct, be sure to send your APA reference page to our essay proofreaders. If you are interested in learning more about essay writing, check out Scribendi.com’s e-book How to Write an Essay in Five Easy Steps.

Books

Basic

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of book. Location: Publisher.

Book with one author

Aprilson, A. (2001). The emergency budget task force handbook. Mississippi, TN: Haberdasher.

Book with two authors

Bringham, D. E., & Knope, S. (2001). Resting heartbeat science (12th ed.). Alahandro, CA: Spaghetti.

Book with three to seven authors

Christopherson, C., Swanson, R., Labbe, E., & Koltz, R. (2002). Fog pirates: On board the USS Hammerhead. Pickleton: Putters Publishing Place.

Book with more than seven authors

Christopherson, C., Swanson, R., Labbe, E., Koltz, R., Niderbacher, L. A., Potter, H. J., . . . Smith, S. (2003). Penne and the Jets: A love story. Albuquerque: Partridge.

Edited book with an author

O'Hanlon, B. (1942). Safety: How to be safe literally all the time. L.T. Thompson (Ed.). San Diego: Goldstein.

Books with no author

Encyclopedia of Football (12th ed.). (2002). New York: Sporting Publishers Inc.

Books by a corporate author or organization

Canadian Pumpkinology Association. (2009). The truth about rats and skunks: Nature’s worst enemies. Toronto: La Fraude Publishers.

Chapter in a book or entry in a reference book

Graeve, M. J. (2009). Catching the big one: How fishing helped me find my center. In A. Hovel (Ed.), The anthology of modern fishing (pp. 42–63). Ann Arbor: Maven Publishing Company.

Two or more works by the same author

Zruna, J. (1993). Adequate lawn care 101. Detroit: University of Michigan.

Zruna, J. (1998). Common lawn pests and how to destroy them effectively. Florida: Simon & Penguin.

Periodicals

Basic

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), page number.

Journal articles

Basic

Coxswain, A. D., Blursdale, F., Landover, T. T., & Sanchez, J. (1986). Analyzing the psychology of odd juxtaposition.  Name Technology, 42(1), 121–342.

Journal article with DOI

Coxswain, A. D., Blursdale, F., Landover, T. T., & Sanchez, J. (1986). Analyzing the psychology of odd juxtaposition.  Name Technology, 42(1), 121–342. doi:01.2345678910

Journal article with more than seven authors

Christopherson, C., Swanson, R., Labbe, E., Koltz, R., Niderbacher, L. A., Potter, H. J., . . . Smith, S. (2009). Studying pumpkins in the wild. Modern Pumpkinology, 10(2), 12–36.

Newspaper article

Faker, B. (2009, June 30). Local woman grows world’s biggest pumpkin. The Nowheresville Daily Chronicle, pp. D3.

Magazine

LaFrambois, K. (2003, May). Why do people treat their pets better than other humans? Vanity Circus, 87, 121–140.

Electronic sources1

Entire website

The Green Bay Packers. (2011). The official website of the Green Bay Packers. Retrieved from http://www.packers.com/

Page on a website

Mueller, D. (2011, Mar. 14). How the Packers won my heart and then the Super Bowl. Retrieved from http://www.veryunofficialpackersfansite.com

Article in an online scholarly journal

Paulson, R. (2001). Soapmaking: A journey through the dirty world of saponification. Journal of Pierce and Pierce, 55. Retrieved from http://www.journalofpierceandpierce.com

Article from online newspaper

Faker, B. (2009, June 30). Local woman grows world’s biggest pumpkin. The Nowhereville Daily Chronicle. Retrieved from http://www.nowherevilledc.com

E-Mail

Do not include personal communication in your reference list. Simply parenthetically site the name of the communicator, the words “personal communication,” and the date in your main text.

(A. Rodgers, personal communication, April 1, 2011).

Other common non-print sources

Published dissertation

Jennings, J. J. (2010). Critiquing Paul Ratsmith’s theory of modern pumpkinology: The truth about pumpkins and rats (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Important Dissertations and Theses database. (Access No. 12345)

Unpublished dissertation

Jennings, J. J. (2010). Critiquing Paul Ratsmith’s theory of modern pumpkinology: The truth about pumpkins and rats (Doctoral dissertation). University of Nowheresville, Nowheresville.

Published proceedings

Ashfed, K. (2011). How to be really good at everything. In A. Muller (Ed.), The 2010 Conference of Talented People. Toronto: The Big Publishing Company.

Government document

Canada Revenue Agency. (2010). Average exchange rates for 2009 (RC4152 Rev. 10). Retrieved from http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/rc4152/rc4152-09e.html

Other common non-print sources

Film

Hewitt, P. (Director). (2006). Zoom: Academy for superheroes. USA: Revolution Studios.

Single episode from a television series

Peg, S. (Writer), & Knit, A. (Director). (2009). Cooking with chocolate [Television series episode]. In K. Ashfod (Executive producer), Fancy Eats. Toronto: Food Broadcasting.

Recording

Boyd, P. T. (2004). Living the Dream [Recorded by H. J. Boyd]. On Motivational Thoughts [CD].  Toronto: Brock Audio.


Basic formats for electronic sources depends on the type of electronic source.

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