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APA may be new to many of you. Let's review the basics!
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When using APA format, 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, for example, (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 NOT 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 and not the page number in your in-text reference. All sources that are cited in the text must appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.
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Here's an example of how you would cite in the paragraph itself:
In Black Panther, Coates (2016) portrays the first mainstream black superhero in a graphic novel as the hero we all desperately need, who must overcome overwhelming odds to survive a violent terrorist uprising in Wakanda.
Coates presents strong feminine characters whose perspectives are clearly valued by the main character for their honesty, such as "You have lost your way, my King' (2016, p.1).
APA values the year of publication first and foremost, so it is always present in the text of a paper.
In most instances, introduce a source before you quote or paraphrase, but an in-text citation is acceptable if this is not possible.
According to Field (2015), everything was amazing (p. 245).
(Field, 2015, p. 245)
The authors of another study (2015) agreed (p. 245)
Here's an example of you would cite the full reference at the end of your paper:
Coates, T., Stelfreeze, B., Sprouse, C., Martin, L., (Comic book artist),, Sabino, J., & Meyers, S. (2017). Black panther (Vol. 1, a nation under our feet /). New York, NY: Marvel Worldwide,, a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC.
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Did you know you can copy and paste full citations if you use the library's databases?
1. Save time - look for the "Cite" Button or " " icon.
2. Scroll to the style you need (APA)
3. Copy and paste the full citation into your paper
Ta Da! You're done! Well, almost. Sometimes weird formatting issues happen, so always double check your work.
Need help with in-text citations or more complicated citations? Use the OWL! It's super easy, and totally simple. This is also a really good time to make an appointment with a writing tutor to make sure your paper is totally perfect and all your citations are good to go or reach out to me for help! Look for the Academics tab in JWULink - then, click Usucceed and search for Providence - Writing Lab or Harborside - Writing Lab.