APA Guide for Business Students: Company Documents

Annual Reports

Rules

  1. The company name is considered the author.
  2. The title of the report should be italicized.
  3. When accessed online include a retrieval statement and URL.

Examples

  • Retrieved from an open access company website

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (2012). Feeding tomorrow
      2011 annual report.
 Retrieved from:
      http://www.potashcorp.com/financial_reporting/annual/

In-Text Citation → (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., 2012)

  • Retrieved form a database or collection

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (2012). Feeding tomorrow
      2011 annual report.
 Retrieved from SEDAR: 
      http://www.sedar.com

In-Text Citation → (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., 2012)

Press Release

Rules

Press Releases are announcements, and also referred to as media releases or news releases.
A press release has several parts:

  1. Title includes company author and captures content in title  
  2. Date and location of release
  3. Content section which always includes a section about the company
  4. Contact information for further information

Companies often have a company news centre on their corporate website.

Examples:

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (2013, February
      27).PotashCorp announces posting of Form 10-K on website
      [Press release]. Retrieved from
      http://www.potashcorp.com/media/POT_2012_10K_Filing.pdf

In-text citation → (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. [Potash Corp.], 2013)
*Note: By placing Potash Corp. in brackets as a shortened version, you can use shortened company name and date in the remainder
of your paper.

Webcasts

Rules

  1. Companies often record events such as analysts meetings, investor conference presentations and annual meetings as webcasts. These may be video files or present audio with slides.
  2. When citing you must include material format in brackets, ex. Audio podcast, Video file, etc.

Examples

  • Web video

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (2012). PotashCorp 2012
      annual meeting 
[Video file]. Retrieved from
      http:www.potashcorp.com/video/27543/

In-Text citation → (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., 2012) OR (Postash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. [Potash Corps], 2012)

  • Audio Podcast

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (2012, May). CEO Bill Doyle
      presentation at the BMO Capital Markets Farm to Market
      Conferences
 [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from
      http://www.potashcorp.com/news/webcast/replay/283/

In-text → (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., 2012)

Tips

If you have multiple items from any type of author, add a, b, c, to the date in the in-text citation and the corresponding reference citation in the Works Cited List.

 

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