1. Parts of a Citation (APA)

In this module, take some time to review the different parts of APA citation style. This is not a comprehensive introduction to every kind of citation possible in APA; rather, we’ll go a little more in-depth on the three most common kinds of materials that you will cite during your time in college. If you have questions not answered here, please see the Additional Resources section at the end.

Examples of APA Citation

APA Journal/Periodical Article Citation

Jadva, V., Hines, M., & Golombok, S. (2010). Infants’ preferences for toys, colors, and shapes: Sex differences and similarities. Archives of Sexual Behavior39(6), 1261-1273.    doi:10.1007/s10508-010-9618-z

Here’s a breakdown of all the parts that make up a journal/periodical citation:


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APA Website Citation

World Health Organization. (n.d.). Greece. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/countries/grc/en/

Here’s a breakdown of all the parts that make up a website citation:


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APA Book Citation

Laufer, P. (2014). Organic: A journalist’s quest to discover the truth behind food labeling.  Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press.

Here’s a breakdown of all the parts that make up a book citation:


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Knowledge Check

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Supplementary Material

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