Knowing how to reference is an essential skill for all students and researchers as it demonstrates academic integrity. You can use referencing to strengthen your arguments and assertions, demonstrate that you have used credible sources, avoid plagiarism by acknowledging your information sources, and make details of source books and articles easily available to interested readers.

The American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style has two parts:

  • in-text citations that appear in the body of your work 
  • a reference list that appears at the end.


Always check with your lecturer that this is the citation style required for your unit.

APA 7th edition 

The latest version of the APA referencing style is the 7th edition. We’ve compiled some handy resources to help you with this referencing style: 

Academic Writer  

With 100 per cent coverage of the official APA 7th edition style manual, this tool provides many examples of correct referencing for a wide variety of reference types. It can also enable you to save and store references, and help you to write documents in APA format. To quickly find referencing help in Academic Writer, select the Learn Centre and click Sample References. 

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APA 7th edition reference guide for journal articles, books and edited book chapters

APA 7th edition reference guide for journal articles, books and edited book chapters

Download a printable PDF with instructions on how to cite three different resource types in American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition style.
APA 7th edition common reference examples guide

APA 7th edition common reference examples guide

Download a printable PDF with examples of the 30 most common reference types formatted in American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition style.
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Creating references using APA 7th edition style manual

The APA Style experts will use real-life examples to walk through the process of creating references for a variety of common webpages and websites.

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Citing works in text using APA 7th edition style manual

How to paraphrase versus directly quote from a work, how to cite long paraphrases from a single source, when to include a page or paragraph number in a citation, and how to cite when a work has no page numbers.

APA 6th edition 

Do you need to use the APA 6th edition instead? We’ve compiled a handy downloadable PDF and video guide of referencing examples.

APA 6th edition quick guide

APA 6th edition quick guide

Download a printable PDF with referencing examples based on the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition style.
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APA 6th edition referencing style

You can use referencing to strengthen your arguments and assertions, demonstrate that you have used credible sources, avoid plagiarism by acknowledging your information sources, and make details of source books and articles easily available to interested readers.

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APA 6th edition referencing guidelines

Why do you need to reference correctly?

Academic integrity refers to presenting academic work in a moral, ethical and honest way. It means using ideas, knowledge and information to develop your own insights, but not presenting someone else's work as your own or trying to gain an unfair advantage. It also means acknowledging the work of others when you include it in your work.

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