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These OWL resources will help you learn how to use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style. This section contains resources on in-text citation and the References page, as well as APA sample papers, slide presentations, and the APA classroom poster.

APA Overview and Workshop

This workshop provides an overview of APA (American Psychological Association) style and where to find help with different APA resources. It provides an annotated list of links to all of our APA materials and an APA overview. It is an excellent place to start to learn about APA format.

APA Formatting and Style Guide

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 7 th  edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , (7 th  ed.).

This poster summarizes APA style in a visual format. For more detailed information, please review the formatting and style guide linked above. 

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6 th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , (6 th ed., 2 nd printing).

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APA 7th edition publication manual

Guía de citación APA

El formato de la APA es ampliamente utilizado por estudiantes, investigadores y profesionales de las ciencias sociales y del comportamiento. El generador APA de Scribbr genera automáticamente referencias precisas y citas en el texto de forma gratuita. Está guía de citación APA describe las reglas de citación más importantes de la 7ª edición del Manual de Publicaciones de la Asociación Americana de Psicología (APA), publicado en el 2020.

Citas en el texto en formato APA

Las citas en el texto son referencias breves ubicadas en el mismo relato, las cuales dirigen a los lectores a la página de referencias del final del trabajo. Debes incluirlas cada vez que citas o parafraseas las ideas o palabras de otra persona.

Las citas en el texto , según el formato APA, constan del apellido del autor y el año de publicación (conocido como el sistema autor-fecha). Además, si estás citando una parte específica de una fuente, también debes incluir un localizador, es decir, un número de página o marca temporal. Por ejemplo: (Smith, 2020, p. 170) .

Cita entre paréntesis versus cita narrativa

Las citas en el texto pueden presentarse de dos formas distintas: entre paréntesis o en el mismo relato. Ambos tipos se generan de manera automática al citar una fuente en el generador APA de Scribbr.

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Varios autores y autores corporativos

Las citas en el texto cambian ligeramente cuando una fuente tiene varios autores o el autor es una organización. Presta especial atención a la puntuación.

Cuando se desconoce el autor, la fecha de publicación o la ubicación de la información, sigue los pasos que se describen a continuación:

Referencias APA

Las referencias , según APA, generalmente incluyen información sobre el autor, la fecha de publicación, el título y la fuente. Dependiendo del tipo de fuente es posible que deba incluirse información adicional que ayude al lector a localizar dicha fuente.

No es raro que cierta información sea desconocida o falte, especialmente en aquellas fuentes que se encuentran online. En estos casos, la referencia debe ajustarse ligeramente:

Dar formato a la página de referencias según APA

APA Reference Page (7th edition)

En la primera línea de esta página debes escribir el título de la sección, es decir, Referencias (en negrita y centrado). En la segunda línea, comienza a enumerar las referencias de tu artículo en orden alfabético. Aplica las siguientes pautas de formato a la página de referencias según el estilo APA:

  • Interlineado doble (en las referencias y entre ellas).
  • Sangría colgante o francesa de ½ pulgada (es decir, de 1,3 cm).
  • Fuente legible (por ejemplo, Times New Roman 12 o Arial 11).
  • Numeración de página en el encabezado superior derecho.

En la página de referencias solo debes incluir fuentes que hayas citado previamente en el texto (es decir, que tengan una cita dentro de la redacción). No debes incluir referencias a comunicaciones personales a las que el lector no puede acceder (por ejemplo, correos electrónicos, conversaciones telefónicas o material online privado).

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In academia, bibliographies are graded on their accuracy against the official APA rulebook, so it is important for students to ensure their citations are formatted correctly. Special attention should also be given to ensure the entire document (including main body) is structured according to the APA guidelines. Our complete APA format guide has everything you need know to make sure you get it right (including examples and diagrams).

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How to Cite a Website in APA Style | Format & Examples

Published on November 5, 2020 by Jack Caulfield . Revised on January 17, 2024.

APA website citations usually include the author, the publication date, the title of the page or article, the website name, and the URL. If there is no author, start the citation with the title of the article. If the page is likely to change over time, add a retrieval date.

If you are citing an online version of a print publication (e.g. a newspaper , magazine , or dictionary ), use the same format as you would for print, with a URL added at the end. Formats differ for online videos (e.g. TED Talks ), images , and dissertations .

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When you refer to a website in your text without quoting or paraphrasing from a specific part of it, you don’t need a formal citation. Instead, you can just include the URL in parentheses after the name of the site:

One of the most popular social media sites, Instagram (http://instagram.com), allows users to share images and videos.

For this kind of citation, you don’t need to include the website on the reference page . However, if you’re citing a specific page or article from a website, you will need a formal in-text citation and reference list entry.

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Various kinds of articles appear online, and how you cite them depends on where the article appears.

Online articles from newspapers, magazines, and blogs

Articles appearing in online versions of print publications (e.g. newspapers and magazines) are cited like their print versions, but with an added URL.

The same format is used for blog posts. Just include the blog name where you would usually put the name of the magazine or newspaper.

Articles from online-only news sites

For articles from news sites without print equivalents (e.g. BBC News, Reuters), italicize the name of the article and  not  the name of the site.

When a web page does not list an individual author, it can usually be attributed to an organization or government . If this results in the author name being identical to the site name, omit the site name, as in the example below.

If you can’t identify any author at all, replace the author name with the title of the page or article.

In the in-text citation , put the title in quotation marks if it is in plain text in the reference list, or in italics if it is in italics in the reference list. Note that title case is used for the title here, unlike in the reference list. Shorten the title to the first few words if necessary.

When a web page or article does not list a publication or revision date, replace the date with “n.d.” (“no date”) in all citations.

If an online source is likely to change over time, it is recommended to include the date on which you accessed it.

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As social media posts are usually untitled, use the first 20 words of the post, in italics, as a title. Also include any relevant information about the type of post and any multimedia aspects (e.g. videos, images, sound, links) in square brackets.

On some social media sites (such as Twitter ), users go by usernames instead of or in addition to their real names. Where the author’s real name is known, include it, along with their username in square brackets:

In some cases, you’ll want to cite a whole social media profile instead of a specific post. In these cases, include an access date, because a profile will obviously change over time:

When citing a webpage or online article , the APA in-text citation consists of the author’s last name and year of publication. For example: (Worland & Williams, 2015). Note that the author can also be an organization. For example: (American Psychological Association, 2019).

If you’re quoting you should also include a locator. Since web pages don’t have page numbers, you can use one of the following options:

  • Paragraph number: (Smith, 2018, para. 15).
  • Heading or section name: ( CDC, 2020, Flu Season section)
  • Abbreviated heading:  ( CDC, 2020, “Key Facts” section)

When you quote or paraphrase a specific passage from a source, you need to indicate the location of the passage in your APA in-text citation . If there are no page numbers (e.g. when citing a website ) but the text is long, you can instead use section headings, paragraph numbers, or a combination of the two:

(Caulfield, 2019, Linking section, para. 1).

Section headings can be shortened if necessary. Kindle location numbers should not be used in ebook citations , as they are unreliable.

If you are referring to the source as a whole, it’s not necessary to include a page number or other marker.

When no individual author name is listed, but the source can clearly be attributed to a specific organization—e.g., a press release by a charity, a report by an agency, or a page from a company’s website—use the organization’s name as the author in the reference entry and APA in-text citations .

When no author at all can be determined—e.g. a collaboratively edited wiki or an online article published anonymously—use the title in place of the author. In the in-text citation, put the title in quotation marks if it appears in plain text in the reference list, and in italics if it appears in italics in the reference list. Shorten it if necessary.

APA Style usually does not require an access date. You never need to include one when citing journal articles , e-books , or other stable online sources.

However, if you are citing a website or online article that’s designed to change over time, it’s a good idea to include an access date. In this case, write it in the following format at the end of the reference: Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/about-the-university/about-the-university.html

Instead of the author’s name, include the first few words of the work’s title in the in-text citation. Enclose the title in double quotation marks when citing an article, web page or book chapter. Italicize the title of periodicals, books, and reports.

No publication date

If the publication date is unknown , use “n.d.” (no date) instead. For example: (Johnson, n.d.).

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