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About this guide

This guide is based on the seventh edition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2020) and will assist you in understanding how to reference in APA 7 style for your assignments.

APA is an author date style - this refers to the in-text citation.  The in-text citation contains the Author surname (date) or (Author surname, date). See In-text Referencing on the left menu to find out how to do this, whether you are quoting or paraphrasing the ideas of other people.

The reference list at the end of your assignment is an alphabetical list of all the author date citations you have used in your assignment. Use the information types (books, journal article etc) on the left menu to find examples of how to format entries in the reference list.

Use the Style Notes at the bottom left for further information on how to format the reference list. Have a look at the example reference list – does yours look like that?

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