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Below you'll find links to basic rules for creating APA reference list citations along with example entries. Detailed citation information plus discussion of manuscript format, APA writing style, in-text citations, and APA editing rules are available in current APA handbooks and style manuals, such as:
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001, 5th ed.)
    • This reference book is the standard guide for students, teachers, scholars, editors, and writers in many fields (e.g. psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration).
The following sections link to PDF documents that list APA citation rules, give citation examples, and offer APA Reference List examples based on the APA Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001, 5th ed.). These rules and examples are representative. Always consult the APA manual and the guidelines provided by your instructor.
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