How to Cite Sources in APA Style

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The basic setup of a source written in APA style follows the progression of author, the year of publication, the book title, the publication place and then the publisher. Find out which parts of sources need to be italicized or placed in parentheses with help from a standardized test prep instructor in this free video on English and education.

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Let's take a look at how to do a work cited or a bibliography page in APA style. So here's the basic setup. Name of the author, period and then a space, in parentheses the year the book was published, period and then a space, the title of the book in italics, period, space, the place where it was published, colon, space and then the publisher who published it, period. So here's an example; "Leaf (comma, space) Brian (period, space) 2009 in parentheses, (period), then the space, movie vocab." Now I underlined it because I can't write italics by hand, but this would actually be italicized, and actually copy editors use underline as a way to indicate italics; then period (space) then New York (colon, then the space). So no space here, the space actually comes right there, then the publisher, McGraw Hill and then a period. Now if you're nervous at all about doing that, or if you have a more complicated situation, a book with editors or multiple authors or a periodical, things like that, it's actually pretty easy to do these days. If you Google free bibliography, you'll actually get a couple of sites that are great, they're free, and you just enter the info, who the publisher is, the author, the editor, the name of the book, and they'll actually format a bibliography and you can choose APA style or MLA style and they'll actually format it for you. Also certain versions of Microsoft Word has the exact same feature actually, they'll do a work cited page for you. You enter the info, author, year and all that, and it'll actually format it for you in APA style, so it's a great option too.


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