How to Cite a Print Source in APA Style

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. List the last name, followed by a comma and the publication year.
  3. Enclose the last name and date in parentheses.
  4. 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).
  5. Citation Example: (Johnson, 2016)


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