There are two parts to every APA citation:
- an in-text reference in brackets, which occurs directly after every instance in which a source is quoted or paraphrased, and
- a complete citation, occurring in an alphabetized reference list at the end of your paper.
These show the last name of the author(s) followed by the publication date: (Jones, 2012). In rare instances, such as when the work has no author, the title will be used in its stead. See this page for more detailed information on formatting in-text citations.
Reference List Entries
In general, your reference list includes information on the sources you've used:
- author names
- editors, and
- publication information.
- Electronic works will also include web access information, such as a DOI or a URL. The rest of this guide contains information on how to format reference list entries for a variety of sources.
Putting it Together
Check out the Purdue OWL site to see a sample paper written in APA citation style.