GENERAL APA NOTES:
In addition to the Reference list at the end of your paper, you must also include In-Text Citations.
• The reason for an In-Text Citation is to tell the reader which articles from your list of references gave you the information or ideas that you are currently writing about. (And the reason for a list of references at the end of the paper is to help the reader find the article or book, if they want to read it.) • APA in-text citations use the author-year method of citation: (author, year). So when referring to an article, do not type out the name of each article. Simply use a citation format to tell the reader which article you are summarizing. You use the author last name only in your in-text citations so, if Charlie Brown wrote an article on being bullied back in 1957, for example, and you were going to quite it in your text it would look like this (Brown, 1957). • If you are using a direct quote, the citation must include the author, the year and also the page number of the work: (author, year, page) or (Brown, 1957, p.14). List of References Your list of References should appear at the end of your paper. It provides the information necessary for a reader to locate and retrieve any source you cite in the body of the paper. Each source you cite in the paper must appear in your reference list; likewise, each entry in the reference list must be cited in your text. Check out this resource for details about how to do your Reference List: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/ Do not just copy the names of the articles from the syllabus – or from a citation generating program – and paste them into your list of References. Due to lack of space (and because it is not an academic paper), the syllabus is not written in proper APA format. Citation generators are notoriously wrong, so don’t rely on them. Common mistakes in references include: • Italicizing the journal article or newspaper article title. It should not be in italics. • Capitalizing every word in the article title – only the first word in the title, the first word after a colon, and proper nouns should be capitalized. • Including the full first names of the authors. It is just last name, first initial. • Not italicizing the journal article name. It should be. And it also has all words capitalized other than prepositions. • Here is an example of a journal article in APA format: o Brown, C. (1957). Being bullied is no fun: Strategies for survival. Journal of Cartoons and Social Justice, 6(24), 1-13. Resource for in-text citation “basics” https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/ Resource for reference list “basics” https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/ Resource for APA stylistics “basics’ https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/15/ Also, check the rules for capitalization for the running header and the differences between the first and second page. 🙂