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APA – Citing Sources

APA

The building blocks of a reference

The basic idea behind a reference is that it should include enough information about the source so that the reader can easily find it. Therefore it is necessary to write your references consistently. 

Surname, A. (year). Title. Source.

About APA

APA is one of the most developed and used styles among those that originate from the so-called Harvard system. According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), cited sources are written in the text within parentheses with information about the author and year. The style is frequently used in the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and medicine.

APA Style has guidelines for both the referencing and formatting of academic texts. However, the JU Library APA guide focuses primarily on the reference list and in-text citations. The guide is based on the latest edition of APA (the 7th edition). 

APA Style is used in many programs at JU, and most APA guidelines can be applied to student papers. However, because the scope of what constitutes a student paper is broad and flexible, APA encourages instructors and institutions to adapt the APA guidelines to fit their needs. Students are advised always to follow the instructions the teachers give, even if they are different from the APA guidelines.

Read more: APA Style: Instructional Aids