Wednesday, 30 August 2017

APA Referencing Style for Works Cited List

APA Referencing Style for Works Cited List

APA Style
Your reference list entries should follow the format of:
·         Author’s surname followed by initials
·         The year of publication
·         The title of the text in, with short texts in standard format and longer texts in italics
·         The place of publication
·         The publisher’s name

The APA style is very similar to the Harvard style, yet the placement of some punctuation needs to change. For example, a simple book entry for John Milton’s Paradise Lost will look as follows:

Milton, J. (2003). Paradise Lost. London: Penguin Classics.

Notice the placement of commas and periods. Commas separate the author’s initials from their surname. Periods separate the different components of the reference, and a colon separates the place of publication from the publisher’s name.

For books with two or more authors, give the first (primary) author’s surname, a comma and the initial followed by a period. Follow this with the second author’s surname and initial, in this format:

Rollins, J. P., Thompson, P. W., & Johnson, P. (2007).

For APA style, there is a limit of seven authors listed per reference, so if you have more than seven, place an ellipse (…) after the sixth author’s name and then simply give the final author’s details.
If you are using an article within a book, or any shorter work which appears as part of a larger collection like a poem in an anthology or a scholarly paper within a journal, then you will include both the name of the short work in standard formatting as well as the name of the long work in italics. You’ll also have to include the pages that the short work appears on, if these are available:

Titus, J. (2006). The Raging Sea. Poems About Water (pp. 25-33). New York: Purple Publishers.

Notice the pages that the poem appears on are given after the title of the larger work.
For scholarly journals, you can also include the edition details, such as the volume and the number of the journal. The volume is placed next to the journal’s title after a comma, and the number is placed in brackets directly next to the volume number. These are then followed by the pages on which the article appears.

Azua, M. (2003). Phenomenology in the Workplace. Journal of Workplace Philosophy, 22(5), 38-77.

For electronic sources such as websites, you can keep the same format and simply leave out any information which is not available, such as author’s name or date of publication.

You should include the URL of any sites that you visit in place of page numbers, and the date that the document was published.

Rice, H. (2017). 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong. FuzzBeed. Retrieved from

In this example, the date of publication is included. For online scholarly articles, you can use the usual format given for physical journal articles, and simply include the URL and the date you accessed it with the ‘Retrieved from’ format.