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TED 201: Dykeman

Laura's Tips for Citing in APA

For this assignment, you'll most likely be citing the following types of content:

  • Books
  • Book chapters - many academic books are anthologies, so they're cited differently than a whole book written by just one or two people
  • Articles
  • Websites

The following resources have the same information - they're just in different formats:

Here are a few additional APA resources that you might find useful: 

Using citations from the library databases

Most library databases provide you with a citation for their articles. They are usually mostly correct. It's more common that there are problems with the citations, usually having to do with capitalization and author names.

Here's an example from the Education Source database:

In the citation, most of the words in the article title are capitalized, which is not correct.

Note: the journal in this example has a volume number, but no issue number. This is becoming more common as more journals become online-only!

How to do a hanging indent

When putting together a reference list in APA style, the first line should be normal, but all other lines should be indented. This is called a hanging indent. Here's how you can do it.

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