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References Page

Putting together a references page correctly is not difficult, but it does require some attention to detail. To get started:

  1. On line one, type: References
  2. Center it and go to line two
  3. Begin typing in your first reference. References must be in alphabetical order, based on author’s last name. We can change the indentation to match the example after we have typed them all in.
  4. References are formatted differently depending on the format of your source, but all APA references follow this basic pattern:

Author, Date, Title, Publication information, Page number

This guide will cover book, eBook, electronic article, and website referencing.

           

Print Books

Author, A. A. (year of publication). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

Notice that we:

  1. Use initials for the author’s first name.
  2. Italicize the title.
  3. Capitalize only the first word of the title, with the exception of any proper nouns.

Here are a couple of examples:

Hesse, H. (2008). The journey to the East. New Delhi, India:  Heritage.

Nietzsche, F. (1998). Twilight of the idols, or, how to philosophize with a hammer. New York, NY: Penguin.

eBooks

Author, A. A. (year of publication). Title of work. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxxx

Notice that we:

  1. Use initials for the author’s first name.
  2. Italicize the title.
  3. Capitalize only the first word of the title, with the exception of any proper nouns.
  4. Replace the publisher information with the URL

Here is an example:

Nietzsche, F. (1998). Twilight of the idols, or, how to philosophize with a hammer. Retrieved from http://www.netlibrary.com/summary.asp?id=12314

Electronic Articles

Author, A. A. (year of publication). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume(issue), pp-pp. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxxxx

NOTE:  if you have the DOI number for an article, use that instead of the “Retrieved from” line.

Here are a couple examples:  

Alexander, C. (2011, March 23). Canes feeling loose. News & Observer. Retrieved from http://www.newsobserver.com/

Tsirlin, A. A. (2008). Irreversible microeconomics: Optimal processes and equilibrium in closed systems. Automation & Remote Control,

69(7),1201-1215. doi:10.1134/S0005117908070114

Notice in the first example we use a “Retrieved from” link, while in the second we use the DOI number.

Website References

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A. (Date of publication). Title of article or document. Title of Website. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxxxxxx

Notice that we:

  1. Use initials for the author’s first name.
  2. Capitalize only the first word of the article title, with the exception of any proper nouns.
  3. Fully capitalize (and italicize) the website’s name.

Here is an example:

Marshall, J. (2011, March 24). What could go wrong? Talking Points Memo. Retrieved from http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

Reference Page Formatting

We should now have our references sorted alphabetically on our references page. APA requires that all references appear with hanging indentation. We will now look at how to apply hanging indent to our references.
 
1. Highlight your references and select the "Paragraph" button.
 
 
3. Look for the drop box for “Special” indentation. Select “Hanging.”