APA citation style

A couple of you posted questions on APA style: one on how to cite an article in a Regis online database, how to cite a reference within a reference, and how to cite an operational manual. I’ve added a link to the right under “Regis Libraries” to an APA Citation Style handout, which gives examples based on the kinds of questions we get frequently at the library reference desk.

Essentially, for an article in an online database, the citation is the same as if you were citing the article from a print journal, except that you need to add the date you accessed the online article, and the database from which it came. You should not include the database url. See the handout for an example.

If you are citing a reference within another reference, the answer is that it kind of depends. If your intent is to use both references at some point, it might be worth stating in the text of your paper something like: “Smith (1997) notes that Jones (1995) says. . . ” If, on the other hand, you found Jones through Smith but aren’t otherwise relying on Smith’s point of view, you might cite Jones directly.

An operational manual would be cited the same as a book. Example: Author, A.A. (1994) Title of Work. Location: Publisher. Again, there are examples of book citations in the APA handout.

T.R.

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