Answered By: Michael Coffta
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2020     Views: 3931

APA uses parenthetical citation, or the use of a brief citation in parentheses within your paper to direct the reader to the full citation in your References section.

Generally, the format is as follows.

(Author's last name, year of publication of the source, page number)

For example:

(Smith, 2013, p. 69)

If your parenthetical citation concludes your sentence, be sure to include a period at the end, as below.

"Sentence sentence sentence" (Smith, 2012, p. 69).

Remember, there is no need to be repeat yourself within a cited sentence.  One could also write the following.

As Smith said, "Sentence sentence sentence" (2013, p. 69).

For more info on APA Style, try the Andruss Library Citing Page, or OWL from Purdue University.

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