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Bibliography Help: APA Paper/Traditional

Uni students are often asked to complete papers and projects that require using and citing resources created by others. Use these resources to make your job easier.

Notes

Disclaimer: This handout is only meant as a guide. If we tried to cover all citations you might make, we’d have a book—which is exactly what the American Psychological Association (APA) publishes every couple of years. You should check the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, if you have a question that this guide doesn’t answer. See the library for a copy (call number 029 Am4p2010 in the reference section).

Formatting your citations: In making your list of works cited, begin each entry flush with the left margin; if the entry runs more than a line long, the next lines should be indented five spaces, or one default TAB setting if you are using a word processor. On many word processors you can also accomplish this by paragraph formatting for a "hanging indent." (Whichever you choose, be consistent throughout.) Use double spacing for your entire list, both between and within entries.

If you will be publishing your own bibliography on a web page, it may be difficult to indent properly. To deal with this, it's common to use bullets in front of each citation instead of indenting.

Books

Book by a Single Author

  • Last name, First initial. (YYYY). Title of book: Subtitle of book. City of Publication: Publisher.
  • Millionaire, J. (2003). How to get rich without really trying. New York: Reality Television Press.


Book with Two Authors

  • Last name, First initial., & Last name, First initial. (YYYY).  Title of book: Subtitle of book.  City of Publication: Publisher.
  • Sawyer, T., & Finn, H. (1855). Raft construction made easy. Hannibal, MO: Mississippi Press.

Book with a Corporate Author

  • Corporate Author. (YYYY). Title of book. City of Publication: Publisher.
  • Uni High Alumni Association.(1998). Uni through the years. Urbana, IL: Uni High Press.

Book with an Editor

  • Last name, First initial. (Ed.). (YYYY). Title of book. City of Publication: Publisher.
  • March, J. (Ed.). (1963). How to get your first book published. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Articles

Article in a Weekly or Bi-Weekly Magazine

  • Last name, First initial. (YYYY, Month DD). Title of article. Title of Magazine, volume, pp-pp.
  • Nye, B. (1998, October 15). Putting science to music.  Science Teacher Workshop, 130, 120-122.

 


Article from a Journal that Pages Each Issue Separately

  • Last name, First initial. (YYYY).  Title of article.  Title of Magazine, Vol(Issue), pp-pp.
  • Bird, B. (2000). Recent explorations and discoveries in forming the letter "e". Education Digest, 42(3), 26-30.


Article from a Journal with Continuous Paging

  • Last name, First initial. (YYYY). Title of article. Title of Magazine, Vol, pp-pp.
  • Drew, N. (1987). Upstaging the Hardy Boys. Mystery Digest, 12, 323-330.



Article with No Author

  • Title of article. (YYYY). Title of Magazine, Vol(Issue), pp-pp.
  • How to insure your place in the sciences. (2004). Science Careers, 20(4), 62-97.

Article from a Daily Newspaper

  • Lastname, Firstinitial. (YYYY, Month DD). Title of article.  Title of Newspaper, pp. sectionpage.
  • Meany, O. (2001, September 15). I survived Sunday school bullies. The News-Gazette, pp. A1, A3, A8-10.

Article in a Reference Source

  • Last name, First initial. (YYYY). Title of article. Title of encyclopedia. (Vol. #, pp. #-#). City of Publication: Publisher.
  • Frome, E. (1995). The art of hiring good help. In Household encyclopedia. (Vol. 2, pp.78-80). New York: Winter Press.
  • Gill, S. D., & Sullivan, I. F. (Eds.). (1992). Trickster(s). In Dictionary of Native American mythology (pp. 308-311). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.