American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is widely used in business and the social sciences. This guide gives APA citation style examples for business resources at Mabee Library, with an emphasis on online resources
A copy of othe APA Style Manual is available at the Mabee Library Welcome Center.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
When to cite
"Cite the work of those individuals whose ideas, theories, or research have directly influenced your work. They may provide key background information, support or dispute your thesis, or offer critical dfefinitions and data. Citation of an article implies that you have personally read the cited work. In addition to crediting the ideas of others that you used to build your thesis, provide documentation for all facts and figures that are not common knowledge." (APA, 2010, p. 169)
Basic formatting rules
- Double space.
- Sources are listed alphabetically by author's last name in the reference list.
- If there is no author, start with the title and alphabetize by the first significant word of the title (not The or A).
- Second and subsequent lines are indented (called a hanging indent in Word).
- Only the first word of the title and subtitle of books and journal articles are capitalized (in addition to proper nouns), but capitalize each significant word of a Journal Title.
- Titles of works as a whole (a book, a journal) are in italics.
- When including a URL for electronic resources, DO NOT hyperlink (in Word - right click on the URL and select "Remove huperlink."). Do NOT put a period at the end of a URL.