How To Meet APA Citation Formatting Requirements?

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All students know that meeting formatting and citation style requirements is not less important than writing high-quality content for the academic paper because all of these aspects equally affect the final grade for the task. Today there are several commonly-used styles. Each citation style dictates some specific elements related to the papers’ format and also includes certain principles of in-text citations’ and references’ design. In this post, we will talk about the APA formatting style and discuss how to meet this style’s citation format requirements in particular.

How To Design Quotes?

As a rule, all citations should be followed by a short reference that identifies the date of publication and author of the quote. However, there are a few possible design options. In a standard case, a citation should look like this: students demonstrated a clear understanding of obtained information (Jones, 2001), but you can also place the parentheses before the cited phrase if your teacher’s guidelines allow this.

What to do if the cited information has several authors? If there is more than one author but less than seven, you should list all the names in the parentheses, separating them with commas. If there are more than seven authors, you can include only one name.

How To Form References For The Bibliography?

The list of references or bibliography usually is the last page of your work, and that’s where you have to list all of the sources of data that you’ve used to prepare a paper. Before you start preparing the list of references you should check the accuracy of quotes and references to books, articles, and other sources; also, don’t forget to place sources in alphabetical order. The formation of each reference depends on the type of source.

Link to the publication in the journal. This type of link should start with the surname and initials of the author, followed by the title of publication and journal, and end with the date of release and number of the page.

The link to the book. This type of reference, as a rule, is a bit different from links to journal articles or web sources and it requires more information including: surname of the author, initials, year of publication, book title, city, and publisher.

The link to e-source. Students often face problems with citing electronic sources because the requirements to their formation differ and thus, you should clarify this matter with your teacher.

In conclusion

After spending a few weeks or even months for the research, preparation, and editing of your work, you might be tempted to print it without any editing or proofreading. Such carelessness can come back to haunt you later! Note that if then it turns out that your work does not meet the requirements of the APA style or doesn’t meet some demands of your teacher – you risk failing the task!

Thus, try to find time to edit your work carefully — check grammar, spelling, structure and formatting.