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APA 6th Edition - SCU Referencing Guide

General information

Please check the guide provided by your School, Department, or lecturer, as it may vary from these guidelines and you may lose marks for not conforming to your school's requirements.

Step 1

View the video, Introduction to Referencing, for some background on referencing

Step 2

Select your reference type: what information source are you citing - book, journal article, newspaper article, web document, image, conference paper? Then, click the relevant option on the menu to the left

Step 3

Click on the variation in that source within the box (e.g. Book with 3-5 authors) which corresponds to your example

Step 4

Check the whole page for relevant information, and use the examples provided to identify the format and punctuation required

Step 5

Use the two general pages - Citing in text, and References list - for the general rules and guidelines for these two aspects of referencing

Step 6

If required, use the information on the Need help? page to get help

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase) - entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words.  For more tips on paraphrasing check out The OWL at Purdue.

In-Text Citation (Quotation) - entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote.

References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the APA Manual (6th ed.).

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

Please note: This printable APA Quick Guide contains both in-text and reference list examples of ONLY the most common resource types. Please refer to the appropriate section of the online LibGuide for more comprehensive coverage of resource types.

Last updated 25 August 2016.

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EndNote software helps you store and manage your references and create bibliographies.
Download the SCU APA 6th edn style from our EndNote LibGuide to match the APA examples we give in our APA LibGuide.
Suggested EndNote reference types using that style are provided for some of the examples in this guide.

Specific help with this style

There are two components to APA referencing: citing within the text of your paper, and the reference list at the end.
  • All sources of information and data, whether quoted directly or paraphrased, are cited with parenthetical references in the text of your paper.
For example:  (Mayer, 2010).
  • Double-space your entire paper, including the Reference list and any block quotes (unless advised differently by your tutor/lecturer).
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Many thanks to the Red Deer College Library, for permission to use and adapt their APA Citation Style 6th Edition libguide.

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