APA References List
What Is an APA Reference List?
When writing a research paper, the writer must document, or cite, every borrowed word, idea or fact. When writing in the sciences and social sciences, the writer does this by creating a Reference List, using the APA (American Psychological Association) format. This is similar to, but not exactly like, the Modern Language Association (MLA) format that writers in English and the humanities often use. Before proceeding, make sure you know which format your instructor requires. The Reference List contains all the works, both print and nonprint, that the writer cited within the text. It appears at the end of the research paper, with each entry double-spaced and in alphabetical order.
Three Common Entries:
The four main pieces of information needed for this entry are Authorís Name. Year of publication. Title of book. Publication Information.
Nicole, A. A. M., & Pexman, P. M. (1999). Presenting your findings: A practical guide
for creating tables. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
The five main pieces of information for this entry are Authorís Name. Date of publication. Title of the article. Title of periodical. Publication Information.
Fine, M. A., & Kurdek, L. A. (1993). Reflections on determining authorship credit and
authorship order on faculty-student collaborations. American Psychologist, 48,
3. Online Source or World Wide Web Site
The main pieces of information for this type of entry will be the Authorís Name. Year of publication. Title of article. URL.
Kinzie, S. (2009). Recession has silver lining for class of 09. Retrieved from
Example With DOI (digital object identifier number):
Aubry, T., Sylvestre, J., & Ecker, J. (2010). Community psychology training in Canada in
the new millennium. Canadian Psychology 51(2), 89-95. doi: 10.1037/a0018134.
Example Without DOI:
Bar-On, R. (2010). Emotional intelligence: an integral part of positive psychology. South
African Journal of Psychology, 40(1), 54-62. Retrieved from Academic Search
Notes about online sources:
If the date of the information is not shown, use (n.d.) for no date.