ENGL 127 Research Writing: Social Sciences (Wilber)

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APA Citation Style (7th Edition)

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.

APA Citation Guide

The Holman Library APA citation guide has examples on how to cite books, interviews, articles, websites ...

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APA In-Text Citations

In-Text Citations (APA)

Basic Format - PARAPHRASING:
(Author's Last Name, Date of Publication)

(Author's Last Name, Date of Publication, p. #)

Explanation Example
  • When you paraphrase information or quote directly from a source, you must cite the source within the body of your essay or your presentation
  • In-text citations are shortened versions of the full citations that you must include on the References page at the end of your essay or presentation
  • example of an in-text citation for a quote: (West, 2009, p. 110).
  • example of an in-text citation for a paraphrase: (Mirrer, 2018).


Chocolate is often viewed as a junk food, but its value as unique nutritional source should not be underestimated. In fact, a survey of early South Pole explorer diaries shows that larger chocolate rations “may have been a deciding factor between Roald Amundsen’s successful trek to the South Pole and the fatal attempt by Robert Scott” (West, 2009, p. 110). The fact that chocolate was not seen as a frivolity, but deemed important enough staple to pack on these grueling expeditions is a testament to its value in the human diet. Also, there is the more modern comparison that M&M’s chocolate candies were chosen for military expeditions in World War II because they were an energy boosting snack that also did not easily melt (Mirrer, 2018).


Basic Format:
(Author's Last Name, Date of Publication)


One Author
(Last Name, year).

  • A recent study of Korean elders found... (Rodriguez, 2003).
  • Rodriguez (2003) found that Korean elders...  

Two Authors
(Last Name & Last Name, year).

  • ...concluded that obesity is a major risk factor (Hepburn & Hafiz, 2001).
  • Hepburn and Hafiz (2001) concluded that obesity... 

Three or more Authors
(Last Name, et al., year).

  • A comparison of marital fidelity (Strong et al., 1999) showed…    
  • Strong, et al. (1999) compared marital fidelity...                 

No Author
(“Shortened Title,” year).

...incidence of drought increased 10%  (“Weather Patterns,” 2009).                     

[full title = “Weather patterns wreak havoc for Oklahoma farmers”]

No Date
(Last Name, n.d.).

...Orissi dance has undergone a major revival since the 1950s (Gupta, n.d.)

Direct Quotes

Basic Format:
(Author's Last Name, Date of Publication, p. #)


With Page Number
(Last Name, year, p. #).

  • “Social inclusion helps Korean elders avoid clinical depression” (Rodriguez, 2003, p. 13).
  • “Surprisingly the rate of male infidelity is not dramatically different than that of female infidelity” (Strong et al., 1999, p. 222).     

With No Page Number 
(Last Name, year, name of section heading or para. #).

  • “Visualization techniques have proven effective for breast cancer patients” (Smith, 1997, Mind over Matter section, para. 6).

[if possible include heading names or paragraph numbers to help readers locate the passage]

Secondary Source: when your source quotes from another, secondary source
(Secondary Source, year, as cited in Your Source, year, p. #).

  • There is a “crucible of health inequity, systemic racism, and sexism in which Black pregnant people choose to mother” (Egede & Walker, 2020, as cited in Kemet et al., 2021, p. 779).

    [Kemet is your source. Kemet cited Egede & Walker. You are citing Egede & Walker as a secondary source that you accessed through Kemet. You only include the full citation for Kemet in your References page, not Egede & Walker]

Example sources:

Order of Sources with Same Author and Date

Follow guidelines for citing source type and add letters (a, b, c...etc.) after date


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022a). Measles. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/measles

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022b). Mumps. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/mumps

World Health Organization. (n.d.-a). Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants. https://www.who.int/activities/tracking-SARS-CoV-2-variants

World Health Organization. (n.d.-b). https://www.who.int/campaigns/vaccine-equity

In-Text Paraphrase

(Author, Year, letter)

Example: (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2023b)

Example: (World Health Organization, n.d.-a)

In-Text Quote

(Author, Year, letter, page number or para.)

Example: (College of Nurses of Ontario, 2023b, para. 5)

Example: (World Health Organization, n.d-a, section 4, para. 2)

from APA Manual Seventh Edition 8.19, 9.47

Why Cite Sources?

Why Cite Sources?

Avoid Plagiarizing: You must cite any direct quotation, summary, or paraphrase of any idea or fact from your research. Citing sources is giving credit to the original author and publication where you found the information. Not citing sources is plagiarism and you may be subject to academic discipline.

Lend Authority to Your Paper: By referencing the work of scholars, professionals, and individuals with lived experiences around a topic, you demonstrate that your own research is based on solid, reliable information and that you are capable of critical thinking by being able to synthesize that research into your own.

Provide a Path: By citing sources, you provide the information that readers of your essay or presentation need in order to locate the same sources that you did.

Acknowledge Other's Work: Part of your research is built upon the research of other people. In the scholarship tradition in the United States, it is considered respectful and fair to give them credit for their hard work (just as you might hope someone would give you credit if they were quoting your own work!)

Quick Guide - APA

Quick Guide - APA Citation Style

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