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Citations 101: APA

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APA Style is from the American Psychological Association. It is commonly used in the fields of social sciences and health.


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Quick Tips

Title Capitalization

APA only capitalizes the first letters of the first word of the title and subtitle and any proper nouns. Title of journals, however, remain in Title Case.

  • Example Book Title: The history of history: A novel of Berlin
  • Example Journal Title: Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion

Author Names

APA only lists the first (and middle, if available) initials of the author.

  • Smith, J. C.

Tutorials

Citing a Book

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Citing an eBook

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Citing Journal Articles

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Citing Web Resources

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