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Research Guide: Citations: APA Citation Style

APA Citation Style

APA Citation Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style is used in Social Science disciplines, like Psychology and Education. Always consult your assignment or ask your instructor for the correct citation style to use

Source: "Introduction to Citation Styles: APA 7th ed." by CSUDH Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn the basic conventions of citing sources in-text and in a reference list using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style, 7th edition.

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APA style guides on other websites

Use the links below to access guides on other websites that provide information about citing different types of sources. 

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Summary of Most Important Changes for APA Style 7th Edition

  • No longer use publication place in book citations
  • Books and journal articles without DOIs from databases cited same as print books or journals (no database OR URL listed)
  • Up to 20 authors listed in citations  (used to be 8)
  • 3 or more authors in-text citation is simplified (Now, its just either 1 author, 2 authors, or if 3=1st author followed by et al.)  (used to be 6 or more that used et. al)
  • No “retrieved from”  in websites, just list website address
  • References is now bolded, along with any other section headings
  • No longer use running head for student papers  (new student paper  title page)


APA Handbooks