Reference List Citations
Reference list citations give a detailed description of the source being cited. They allow readers to know exactly which source was used so that they can look up the exact piece of information that was cited. For example, if information from a book was used to write a sentence in your paper, your reader should be able to look at the reference list and determine the book title, the author, the publisher, the copyright date and the edition of the book was used. The APA puts this information in a certain order and uses periods, italics, parenthesis, and other formatting to separate these pieces of the citation. Use the panels below to find out what your reference list citations should look like. Find the one that matches your source type, copy it, and fill it in with the information from your source. The format of the citation depends on what type of source you used (e.g. Was it a book? Website? Journal Article?)
Reference List Citation for a Book:
Click on the format of the source you're citing:
The basic format for a references citation is to include:
Give as much information as you can and leave out anything you don't have.
To create a full citation, you'll need to have both the list of references at the end of your paper and the in text citation in the body of your paper (for most types of sources).
You can download one of our templates! The template will show you where and how to add research to your project.