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APA 6th Edition - SCU Referencing Guide

Important information about the APA 7th Edition

The American Psychological Association (APA) has released a new edition of the APA referencing style - the 7th edition.

Please note that this updated edition has not yet been implemented at Southern Cross University. The University is working through the process of updating resources and course materials. This is a significant change, and it is not expected the change-over will occur until later in 2020. We will provide more information as timelines are confirmed.

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.

There are two components to 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 References list and any block quotes (unless advised differently by your tutor/lecturer).

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.


Many thanks to the Red Deer College Library, for permission to use and adapt their APA Citation Style 6th Edition libguide.

Specific help with this style

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.

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 22 October 2019.

Help with APA referencing

Help with referencing is available from both the Library and the Learning Zone (Academic Skills).

Try searching our FAQs, or contact us.

Book an appointment/consultation, and access study support and online resources with a Learning Coach (Academic Skills).

APA Style Blog

This blog is a great source of up to date information about APA style.

Note: this link allows access to the archived site for the 6th edition of the APA referencing style.

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