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  • The basic format and specific examples of references for a journal article, book, book chapter, or newspaper or magazine article,
  • Links to steps re: how to find the article or book/chapter, and
  • Links to print or online versions of the specific citation style guides.

American Psychological Association (APA) Style - Journal Article

BASIC FORMAT

Author Last Name, First and Middle Initials, & additional authors/editors same. (Publication Year). Article title. Title of Journal, Journal Volume Number(Journal Issue Number), Article first page - last page.

EXAMPLE

Levin, S., Taylor, P. L., & Caudle, E. (2007). Interethnic and interracial dating in college: A longitudinal study. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24(3), 323 - 341.

How do I get the article?

APA - Book

BASIC FORMAT

Author/Editor Last Name, First and Middle Initials, & additional authors/editors same. (Publication year). Title of book. Publisher location: Publisher.

EXAMPLE - EDITED VOLUME

Smith, E., & Hattery, A. (Eds.). (2009). Interracial relationships in the 21st century. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

EXAMPLE - SINGLE-AUTHORED BOOK

Folan, K. L. (2010). Don't bring home a white boy: And other notions that keep black women from dating out. New York: Gallery Books.

How do I get the book?

APA - Book Chapter

BASIC FORMAT

Chapter Author Last Name, First and Middle Initials, & additional authors same. (Publication year). Title of chapter. In Editors of book (Eds.), Title of book (pp. chapter page numbers). Publisher location: Publisher.

EXAMPLE

Steinbugler, A. C. (2009). Hiding in plain sight: Why queer interraciality is unrecognizable to strangers and sociologists. In E. Smith & A. Hattery (Eds.), Interracial relationships in the 21st century (pp. 89-114). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

How do I get the book chapter?

APA - Newspaper or Magazine Article

BASIC FORMAT

Author Last Name, First and Middle Initials, & additional authors same. (Publication year, Month Day). Article title. Title of Magazine or Newspaper, [if available] Journal Volume Number(Journal Issue Number), Article page numbers.

EXAMPLE - MAGAZINE

Henderson, S. (2007, March). Is LOVE Becoming COLOR BLIND? Ebony, 62(5), 147–152.

EXAMPLE - NEWSPAPER

Kristof, N. D. (2002, December 6). Love and Race. New York Times, p. A35.

How do I get the article?

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association