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APA – Citing Sources

Computer Software

Please note that you don't need to give references to standard software and programming languages, such as Windows Excel and Word, Java, Adobe Photoshop or SPSS. 

  • Write any version number in parentheses after the title.
  • Write a descriptor of the item in square brackets after the title and version number.
  • Write the publisher name, or, if it is available online, provide a link rather than the publisher name. 
  • Titles are not in italics.

In-text citation:

  • (Miller, 1993)
  • (St. James, Schneider, & Eschman, 2003)

Reference example:

Miller, M. E. (1993). The interactive tester (Version 4.0) [Computer software]. Psytek Services.

If the software is available online, provide the URL instead of the publisher name:

St. James, J., Schneider, W. & Eschman, A. (2003). PsychMate Student Guide (Version 2.0) [Computer software].