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Whenever you use a source for information in a paper, article, or book, the source must be given credit for the material. APA (American Psychological Association) style dictates a specific method of creating that in-text citation.
- The most common way to indicate the source in a document is to use the last name of the author and the year of publication.
- List the last name, followed by a comma and the publication year.
- Enclose the last name and date in parentheses.
- The complete information for the citation needs to be placed (in alphabetical order) in the reference list on the last page of the document (learn how to format a reference list here).
Citation Example: (Johnson, 2016)
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