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APA Citation Style (7th Edition)

Citing Materials Found in eClass and Other Course Management Systems


Here are some suggestions on how you may choose to cite materials from eClass, etc. in APA format:

University of Alberta Library. (2013, September). Tutorial 1.1: Fining research topic ideas [eClass
        Online Tutorial]. Retrieved from

From the APA Style Experts:

"Technically, material that is available only from the instructor via course management software such as Blackboard should be cited as a personal communication (see section 6.20 of the Publication Manual and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, p. 31). This is because, in APA Style, references must lead to recoverable data.

However, if you are writing an assignment for a class whose members all have access to the same website, it would be reasonable to bend the rules and use the URL for the relevant materials"

Course Packs

For articles or book chapters in a course pack: 

P. McCrodan (Ed.), Health 110: Health in Today’s World. Course Package: Leibman, B. (2010). Sugar overload: 10 reasons to cut back. In Fall 2010-Winter/Spring 2011, (pp. 35-40). Victoria, BC: Camosun College Bookstore. (Reprinted from Nutrition Action Healthletter 37(1), 3-8.)

Treat the items in your course pack like articles or chapters in an edited book that are reprinted from another source.
Use the name of your instructor as the editor.
If the instructor's name is not given use the department as the editor.
Use the bookstore as the publisher and the date the course pack was issued as the date of publication.
If there is no date of issue, use the current semester and year for the date of publication.