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Cite It Right! Workshop

For use during a Cite It Right workshop - Fall 2021

What do APA Citations Look Like?

There are two parts for most citations:

  1. an in-text citation in your paper and
  2. a full citation on your References page.

Article #1

  • In-Text Citation in your paper for a direct quote from the article.
    The author wrote,"Developmental research has shown that preschoolers are able to infer power from nonverbal features" (Charafeddine et al., 2020).
  • Full Citation on your References page

Charafeddine, R., Zambrana, I. M., Triniol, B., Mercier, H., Clément, F., Kaufmann, L....Van der Henst, J.-B. (2020). How Preschoolers Associate Power with Gender in Male-Female Interactions: A Cross-Cultural Investigation. Sex Roles, 83 (7/8), 453–473.

Article #2

  • In-Text Citation in your paper for a paraphrase of information from the article.
    Parents often push sons to work in STEM careers but don't encourage their daughters in the same way ("Early Gender Gaps," 2015).     
      (Use the first few words of the article title when there is no author information)

  • Full Citation on your References page

Early gender gaps drive career choices and employment opportunities. (2015). Education Journal227, 19.

You can find more information on APA citations from the Purdue OWL online citation guide.  And the Oakton Librarians are also glad to answer your questions about citations in person or with the Library online chat Ask Library.

Your List of Sources and Citations - The APA References Page

When you are finishing your research paper, it's important to gather up all of your sources and make a list of complete citations for each source.

That list has a specific name in each citation style.

  • APA - References

Citation lists use the following rules:

  • Start your list of citations on a new page
  • Center the title of your citation list
  • Arrange the citations in alphabetical order by the last name of the author
  •         or, if there is no author, by the first major word in the title.
  • Double space the information in the list
  • Use a hanging indent for each entry
  • Do not number items in the list of citations

Google Docs and Microsoft Word both offer options for formatting your citations with the required "hanging indent."

You can choose to use format special options from toolbar at the top of the page or you can use the margin setting option shown in the video below.