The following provides excerpts from
guide on referencing following the APA 6
edition referencing style.
If you are using a source that doesn’t fit with one of the examples below, more information can
be found by consulting the 6
edition of the APA style guide, available at Mills Library, or by
Follow the author
date method of in
text citation. This means that the author's last name and
the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, E.g., (Jones, 1998), and a
complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.
If you are referring to an idea from another work but
directly quoting the material, or
making reference to an entire book, article or other work, you only have to make reference to
the author and year of publication in your in
text reference. If you are quoting, you must also
provide a page number.
Summary or Paraphrase
If you are paraphrasing an idea from another work, make reference only to the author and year
of publication in your in
According to Jones (1998), APA style is a difficult citation format for first
APA style is a difficult citation format for first
time learners (Jones, 1998).
Several sentences from the same source
If you are taking information for several consecutive sentences from the same source have the
reference at the beginning of the section and then at the end of the last sentence.
According to Jones (1998) sentence one. Sentence 2. Sentence 3. Sentence 4 (Jones,
If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of publication,
and the page number for the reference (preceded by "p."). If the quote is less than 40 words, it
is included in the text with quotation marks. But, if it is longer than 40 words, it is included as a
standing block, indented, and no quotation marks are used.