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APA style for sourcing

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A good webpage for examples on how to source in APA style is :

 I would like you to use APA style in your use of sources. You want to tell me where your outside information comes from.  For example , if you are writing on the topic of obesity and you write something like :

 Obesity is a growing health concern in America; close to one in every four American children between 6 to18 years of age are classified as obese ( Berger, 2007) --- This tells me that you got your outside information from an author with the last name of Berger, and she wrote the book or article in 2007.-- If you had quoted the author , you would also include the page number that he quote in on, for example:

 ( Berger, 2007, pp. 198)

Then, at the back of your paper, you will have a Reference page, where you list all the sources that you used in alphabetical order.

For example if you cited a book that was written by one person , on the Reference page it would look like this:



Berger, Katherine, T. (2007). Obesity in Children. Boston: Little, Brown & Company.


APA has a specific structure for different types of references. For example, you would enter a journal article a little differently. Here is an example:


Gomez,T. (2008). Learning to de-escalate: The effects of regret in escalation of commitment. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 105(2), 221- 232.

This has the author's name, the year written, the name of the article, the name of the journal of magazine it came from, and the volume number and the  page numbers of the article in the journal.


 Article in a Magazine


Henry, W. A., III. (1990, April 9). Making the grade in today's schools. Time, 135, 28-31.

Article in a Newspaper

Unlike other periodicals, p. or pp. precedes page numbers for a newspaper reference in APA style. Single pages take p., e.g., p. B2; multiple pages take pp., e.g., pp. B2, B4 or pp. C1, C3-C4.


Schultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.

Online articles:


Bernstein, M. (2002).  A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from

If an online periodical:


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved month day, year, (if necessary) from


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