APA Citation

APA Citation is the most popular referencing styles in college today. In addition, APA is a referencing style commonly used to cite social sciences.


What does APA stand for?

APA is an acronym for the American Psychological Association. The current version in use is the manual 6th edition of 2010.

Below are general guidelines for APA referencing:

Page header

This section is “running head” followed by “THE PAGE TITLE” in the capital, and page numbers flushed right.

Title Page:

Contains the title, author’s name, and the institution.

 Citation Elements: 

Authors, Date, Year of Publication, and Place of publication.

 Bibliography Referencing:

The exact format depends on the number of authors.

    • Book: General Format: Author, Initials (Year of Publication). The title of the book. Place of Publication: Publisher.
    • Journal: Author, Initials. (Date of publication). Article Title. Journal title (example: Journal of xxx), volume(issue number), page numbers.
    • WebpageAuthor, Initials. (Year created or revised). Title Page (Italicised). Retrieved URL

APA Citation Sample Essay 

APA Sample Essay