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Website citation

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Type
Web page
Use a capital letter for the first letter of the title and the subtitle as well as any names.
Author(s)
Author
Omit any titles (e.g. "Dr." or "Hon."). If a first name contains a hyphen, you should preserve the hyphen in the initials.
Remove
Add author
Publication date
When available, always include the publication year.
Retrieved on
It’s recommended to add the date on which you accessed the information.
Location
Provide the URL of the source including "https://"

Book citation

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Type
Book
Use a capital letter for the first letter of the title and the subtitle as well as any names.
Author(s)
Author
Omit any titles (e.g. "Dr." or "Hon."). If a first name contains a hyphen, you should preserve the hyphen in the initials.
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Version
When there is more than one version of a source, you should include the version name in your source entry.
Location
Publisher
To keep the publisher's name brief remove the words "Publishers," "Publishing," "Co." and "Inc."
The city and country can usually be found on the second page of a book.
Publication date

Journal citation

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Article
Use a capital letter for the first letter of the title and the subtitle as well as any names.
Journal
Capitalize the first letter of the first and all important words.
Author(s)
Author
Omit any titles (e.g. "Dr." or "Hon."). If a first name contains a hyphen, you should preserve the hyphen in the initials.
Remove
Add author
Number
Check if the article is accepted for publication but is not yet published.
Publication date
Location

Image citation

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Type
Image
Use a capital letter for the first letter of the title and the subtitle as well as any names.
Author(s)
Author
Omit any titles (e.g. "Dr." or "Hon."). If a first name contains a hyphen, you should preserve the hyphen in the initials.
Remove
Add author
Publication date
When available, always include the publication year.
Location
Provide the URL of the source including "https://"
Retrieved on
It’s recommended to add the date on which you accessed the information.

Other types

Newspaper article
Magazine article
Report
Conference paper or proceedings
App
Online newspaper or Blendle article
Radio or TV commercial
Word in dictionary
Dissertation of another student
E-book
Facebook
Forum post
Internal document (intranet)
Internet article
Interview
Lecture slides or handouts
Offline newspaper article
Oration
Patent
PDF document
Personal communication
Photo or image
Press release
Radio or TV show
Software
Statistical database
Twitter
Wikipedia
Scientific (journal) article for publication
Survey
Movie or documentary
Textbook
Arrest or jurisprudence
Parliamentary paper
Bundle
Chapter/part of bundle
(Annual) report
YouTube
Law article or legal text

The Scribania APA Generator has a new design! Try it out and share your feedback. You can also switch back to the old APA Citation Generator.

Citation Checker

  • APA Citation Guide

  • APA style is one of the most common formats for citing sources Other well known citation styles include MLA and Chicago. This citation guide will help you cite sources flawlessly and efficiently in APA format.
    APA citations consist of two parts:

    • In-text citation: brief citation included in the sentence where the information is used. The in-text citation only contains the author’s last name and year of publication, e.g. (Smith, 2019). It identifies and helps locate the full source in the reference list.

    • Reference list entry: full publication details listed alphabetically on the reference page, which appears right after the main body. The reference provides all information that is required to find the source, e.g. Smith, P. (2019, April 18). Citing Sources in APA Format. Retrieved April 21, 2019, from https://www.scribania.co.uk /
    Apa Manual
  • APA in-text citations

  • An in-text citation is a concise way to show the reader where the original idea came from and to give credit to the original author.

    According to the APA citation guidelines, you should write down the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication. When quoting a source it is also required to include the page number(s). This can be done in multiple ways:

    An earlier study in which X and Y were compared revealed that … (Smith, 2017). Smith (2017) shows how, in the past, research into X was mainly concerned with … In 2017, research was carried out by Smith that indicated that …
    Multiple authors

    When there are two authors, separate their last names with an ampersand.

    When there are three or more authors, separate their last names using commas. The last two authors’ last names should be separated by both a comma and an ampersand (in a citation) or “and” (in the running text).

    Two authors
    Research shows that there is a great need for … (Reynolds & Thomas, 2014). Reynolds and Thomas (2014) write that there is a great need for …
    3-5 authors
    Recent research suggests that there is … (McGuire, Morrison, Reynolds, & Thomas, 2014).
    McGuire, Morrison, Reynolds, and Thomas (2014) argue that …
    As you can imagine, citing a source with 3–5 authors takes up a lot of space in the text.

    That is why you shorten the citation when you use the source a second, third or fourth time.
    How? Instead of writing down all authors’ last names, write only the last name of the first author, followed by “et al.,” which means “and others.”
    In this research, many participants made use of … (McGuire et al., 2014). McGuire et al. (2014) noticed that …
    6 or more authors

    When your source has six or more authors, simply use the last name of the first author followed by “et al.” in your in-text citation:
    Lunott et al. (2015) see the …
    Organization as author

    When the source is published by an organization instead of a person, cite the organization’s name as the author.
    According to new research … (Microsoft, 2014).
    Quotes

    When you copy an excerpt of a text from another source and place it between quotation marks, you are quoting. When you quote sources, you are required to add the page number to the in-text citation.
    This is also true from the business plan: “making an APA Citation Generator is a lot of work, but many students benefit from it” (Swan, 2014, p. 5).
    Multiple sources in one citation

    Sometimes, it’s necessary to cite multiple sources in one sentence. You can do this by citing multiples sources and separating them using semicolons.
    Various studies show that … (Docker & Vagrant, 2002; Porter, 1997; Lima, Swan, & Corrieri, 2012).

  • APA reference page

  • The APA reference page, included after the main text, contains the full reference of all sources cited in the text. Sources are ordered alphabetically based on the author’s last name (or on the title for sources with no author).

    The reference format differs depending on the source type (e.g. a website, journal, book). The format also changes when information about a source is missing (e.g. an unknown author or publication date) or when information is added (e.g. a second edition book).

  • APA formatting

  • There are certain formatting rules you must adhere to when writing a paper in APA format. The basic requirements are:

    • Text must be double-spaced
    • Margins must be set to one inch (or 2.54 cm)
    • You must use a left-aligned running head with a shortened title on all pages
    • It is strongly recommended to use Times New Roman in 12 pt (if your university allows it, you might be able to use a different font)

    In addition to these general rules that apply for every part of an APA style paper, each section has its own requirements. Learn about the requirements by looking at the interactive formatting examples of the title page, running head, abstract, reference page and headings and subheadings.

  • Avoid plagiarism

  • Plagiarism means copying someone else’s work, without giving that author credit. This is not only unfair for the original author, but also considered cheating which can have severe consequences. Tips for avoiding plagiarism:

    • Save your sources. This way, you can keep track of them. You don’t necessarily have to have the citation perfectly formatted from the beginning.
    • When you quote or paraphrase text, temporarily highlight it to remind yourself that you need to add the correct citations.
    • Check whether you’ve cited all your sources correctly, both in the text and in the reference list.
    • Quote, paraphrase and summarize other’s work correctly.
    • Run a plagiarism checker.

  • APA Generator FAQ

  • Which citation styles does the Citation Generator support?

    We support:
    APA
    Scribania uses industry-standard citation styles from the Citation Styles Language project.

  • Can I switch back to the old APA Citation Generator?

    The Scribania APA Citation Generator has been updated to help you cite your sources even faster and more accurately.
    If for any reason you would like to switch back to the old APA Citation Generator you can click the button below. Do you have any specific feedback for us? Please let us know by using the purple feedback button on the right side of the page.

  • Where do I put citations in my text?

    If you use several sources, you should refer to them frequently in your text. The basic rule is that it is better to refer to sources too much than too little.
    Readers of your thesis should know at a glance if the information you are presenting is taken from a source.

  • What do I do if information is missing?

    You may find that you don’t have all of the information normally required for a citation, particularly if you are using internet sources. If this happens, just skip those fields in the APA Generator. The citation will be generated for you in the correct manner.
    See examples of sources that are missing a title, publication date or author.

  • What do I do with a source within a source (indirect reference)?

    If you want to refer to a source that is included in another source, we recommend that you try to track down the original source. If you find it, you can then just cite it following the normal APA rules.

    If you cannot find that original source, you should cite it through the source that mentioned it. This is called making an indirect reference or citing a secondary source.

    Within your text, you then need to mention both authors.

    Example: Driessen (in Swaen, 2014) uses three methods.

    If one author has quoted another author, you need to add “as cited.”

    Example: Driessen (in Swaen, 2014) describes three methods.

  • Can I translate a quote from a source?

    If you want to use a translation of a quote, the APA Style says that you should treat it as paraphrased text – not a quote.
    In this case, follow the regular rules for paraphrasing and don’t use quotation marks. In your reference list, write the original title followed by the translated title in square brackets: [x].

  • How do I cite several publications from different authors?

    Write the citations in alphabetical order, separated by semicolons and spaces.
    Example: Several studies (Driessen & Anterveld, 2002; Swaen, 1997; Van Laak, 2011) show…

  • I have another question about the APA Generator…

    Submit your question using our contact form and we will try to get back to you within a day.

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