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APA Examples

Books, eBooks, Anthologies, Reference Books 
Page numbers refer to the APA Manual. If you are viewing this on a phone you should turn it sideways for proper formatting. 


Single Author, Two to Seven Authors, Editor(s) (pg. 202)

Author's Last Name, Initials. (Year of Publication). Title: sub-title. Place of Publication: Publisher.
(when DOIs are assigned they can be used in place of publication or retrieval information. See second example under ebook)

Examples:

Single Author

Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency.

             London, England: Taylor & Francis.
 

Two to Seven Authors

Musick, M. A., & Wilson, J. (2008). Volunteers: A social profile. Bloomington: 

Indiana University Press.

 

Editor(s)

Aronson, J., & Aronson, E. (Eds.). (2008). Readings about the social animal.

(10th ed.). New York, NY: Worth.

 

 

Electronic Books (pg. 203)

Author's Last Name, Initials. (Year of Publication). Title: sub-title [version]. Retrieval information.

Examples:

Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency.

[DX Reader version]. Retrieved from http://www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk

/html/index.asp

 

Schiraldi, G. R. (2011). The post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: A guide

to healing, recovery, and growth [Adobe Digital Editions version].

http://dx.doi.org/10.1036/0071393722

 

Book Chapter or Work in an Anthology (pg. 204)

Author of Chapter's Last Name, Initials. (Year of Publication). Title of chapter. In Editor(s), Title of Book/Anthology (pages). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Example:

Denton, N. A. (2006). Segregation and discrimination in housing. In R. G.

Bratt, M. E. Stone, & C. Hartman (Eds.), A right to housing: Foundation 

of a new social agenda (pp. 61-81). Philadelphia, PA: Temple

University Press.

 

 

Article in a Reference Book (pg. 205)

Author of Article's Last Name, Initials. (Year of Publication).  Article/Entry Title. In Editor(s), Book Title (Volume, pages). Place of Publication: Publisher.

Example:

Konijn, E. A. (2008). Affects and media exposure. In W. Donsbach (Ed.),  

The international encyclopedia of communication (Vol. 1, pp. 123-129).

Malden, MA: Blackwell.

 

Scholarly Journal and Magazine Articles
Page numbers refer to the APA Manual. 


Journal Article with DOI (pg. 198)

Author's Last Name, Initials. (Year of Publication). Title of article: Sub-title. Title of Periodical, Volume(Issue), pages. DOI.
(When a reference has up to seven authors, spell out all authors' names. Use http://dx.doi.org/ before the DOI number.)

Example:

Herbst-Damm, K. L. & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status,

             and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology,

             24, 225-229. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225


 

Journal Article without DOI (pg. 199)

Author's Last Name, Initials. (Year of Publication). Title of article: Sub-title. Title of Periodical, Volume(Issue), pages. Retrieved from Periodical Home Page URL*

Examples:

More than seven authors
(When a reference has more than seven authors, spell out the first six authors listed followed by . . . and the last author listed.)

Halánová, M., Sulinová, Z., Cisláková, L., Trbolová, A., Páleník, Weissová, T.,

            . . . Holicková, M. (2011). Chlamydophila felis in cats - are the stray cats

            dangerous source of infection? Zoonoses and Public Health, 58(7), 519-522. 

            Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1863-2378

* Many Nursing and Psychology professors prefer that you use the database name and acquisition number of the article, as shown here, instead of the periodical's home page. Check with your professor for their preferred method.

Halánová, M., Sulinová, Z., Cisláková, L., Trbolová, A., Páleník, Weissová, T.,

            . . . Holicková, M. (2011). Chlamydophila felis in cats - are the stray cats

            dangerous source of infection? Zoonoses and Public Health58(7), 519-522.  

            Retrieved from ProQuest Central database (Acquisition: 897041071)

 

 

Magazine Article (Print) (pg. 200)

Author's Last Name, Initials. (Year, Month of Publication). Title of article: Sub-title. Title of Periodical, Volume(Issue), pages.

Example:

Chamberlin, J., Novotney, A., Packard, E., & Price, M. (2008, May).

Enhancing worker well-being: Occupational health psychologists

convene to share their research on work, stress, and health.

Monitor on Psychology, 39(5), 26-29.

 

 

Magazine Article (Online) (pg. 200)

Author's Last Name, Initials. (Year, Month of Publication). Title of article: Sub-title. Title of Periodical, Volume(Issue), pages. Retrieved from Periodical Home Page URL

Example:

Clay, R. (2008, June). Science vs. ideology: Psychologists fight back about the  

misuse of  research. Monitor on Psychology, 39(6). Retrieved from 

http://www.apa.org/monitor/

 

From the American Psychological Association

How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style: What to Do When Information Is Missing

Note. The basic reference template is made up of four pieces: author, date, title (with format in brackets if necessary), and source (the URL). When one or more of these pieces is missing, use the method shown above to adapt the template. In-text citations use the pieces from Position A and Position B (usually the author and date, but if there’s no author, then the title and date—more details available at http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/web-page-no-author.aspx

Examples:

Lee, C. (2010, November 18). How to cite something you found on a 

             website in APA style [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle/

            2010/11/how-to-cite-something-you-found-on-a-website-in-apa-

            style.html

No Author

All 33 Chile miners freed in flawless rescue. (2010, October 13).

             Retrieved from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39625809/

            ns/world_news-americas/

No Date

The College of William and Mary. (n.d.). College mission statement.

             Retrieved from http://www.wm.edu/about/administration/

            provost/mission/index.php

The following examples and much more information on citing social media, including Google+, videos and images can be found on the APA Style blog post: How to Cite Social Media in APA Style, written by Chelsea Lee.
 

Examples:

Tweet, Individual Author

Gates, B. [BillGates]. (2013, February 26). #Polio is 99% eradicated. Join me  

             & @FCBarcelona as we work to finish the job and #EndPolio. VIDEO:

            http://b-gat.es/X75Lvy [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/BillGates/

            status/306195345845665792

In-text citation: (Gates, 2013)
 


Tweet, Group Author

Stanford Medicine [SUMedicine]. (2012, October 9). Animal study shows   

            sleeping brain behaves as if it's remembering: http://stan.md/RrqyET

            #sleep #neuroscience #research [Tweet]. Retrieved from 

            https://twitter.com/SUMedicine/status/255644688630046720

In-text citation: (Stanford Medicine, 2012)

 

Tweet, Group Author

Stanford Medicine [SUMedicine]. (2012, October 9). Animal study shows   

            sleeping brain behaves as if it's remembering: http://stan.md/RrqyET

            #sleep #neuroscience #research [Tweet]. Retrieved from 

            https://twitter.com/SUMedicine/status/255644688630046720

In-text citation: (Stanford Medicine, 2012)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, page 177. 

APA Format Instructions for Setting up the Running Head

This is one way to set up both the running head and page number in a header in Microsoft Word. Your page numbers will be at the far right and the running head will be flush left.

  • On the cover page
  • Select the Insert tab
  • Choose Page Number 
  • Choose the top of page with number at the far left 
  • To the left of the number start typing your running head as follows: Running head: TITLE OF MY PAPER Then hit the tab key until the number is flush right. ESC out of the header space
  • After finishing the cover/title page and while on that page: Go to the Page Layout tab
  • Go to Breaks and click on the dropdown arrow
  • Under Section Breaks, select Next Page
  • and while still on the cover/title page
  • Go back into Edit Header
  • Be sure that the Link to Previous is NOT highlighted and be sure that the box that says Different First Page is NOT checked.
  • Next go down to the header on the first page of Section 2
  • Go to Edit Header Be sure that Link to Previous is NOT highlighted and
  • Put a check in the box that says Different First Page
  • Next go to Page number and Choose the top with number at the far left option
  • To the left of the number type TITLE OF MY PAPER without the words running head Then hit the tab key until the number is flush right. ESC out of the header space 
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