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APA Guide for Business Students (6th ed.): APA Citation

APA Style

APA  is a citation method that uses author/year in the body of the text and works cited information at the end of the paper.

Note: A new version (7th edition) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association was published in October 2019. This guide is based on the 6th edition of the manual. You may want to use the guide to the 7th edition instead. Always check with your professor/instructor to make sure you are using the correct citation style.

In the Works Cited section, APA places date information second after the author's name(s) or after the title if there isn't an author.

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Why do I need to cite?

  • To indicate the sources that influenced and formed your conclusions.
  • To credit the work of others.     
  • To indicate sources of specific information such as data that is not commonly known.
  • To indicate the sources that are paraphrased or quoted.

​See the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) Section 6, p.169 "When to Cite" for further explanation.

APA Publication Manual 6th ed.