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How to cite an essay in APA style?

Posted about 3 weeks ago by nickdamingo

One of requirements to get into princeton is essay citation knowledge. In this article we will explain how to cite an essay in APA style.

1. Put the author's name first in the entry on your reference list. Write the author's last name first, then a comma. Then write the first initial of the author's first name. If the original font includes the middle name or author's initial, add it after the first initial.

For example: Granger, H.

2. Add the year of publication of the largest work. Write the year of publication of the largest work in parentheses after the author's name. Places a period at the end, outside the closing parentheses.

For example: Granger, H. (2018).

3. Include the essay title. Write the title of the essay only with the first word and the proper nouns (if any) in capital letters. In case the essay has a subtitle, put a colon at the end of the title and then write the subtitle all in lowercase. Place a period at the end.

For example: Granger, H. (2018). Adventures turning time.

4. Mention the author and title of the largest work. Add the word "En" and then write the first name of the author or publisher of the largest work and their last name. In case the person being named is an editor, add the abbreviation "Ed." in parentheses after your name. Add a comma and then write the title of the largest work with only the first word and capitalized proper nouns. Avoid including any punctuation at the end of the title.

For example: Granger, H. (2018). Adventures turning time. In M. McGonagall (Ed.), Reflections on my time at Hogwarts

5. Mention the page range of the essay and the publisher of the largest work. Write a space after the title of the largest work, and then enclose in parentheses the range of pages on which the essay appears in the largest work. Use the abbreviation "pp." and separate the numbers on the first and last page with a hyphen. Places a period at the end, outside the closing parentheses. The entry in the list of references ends with the name of the publisher and then a period.

For example: Granger, H. (2018). Adventures turning time. In M. McGonagall (Ed.), Reflections on my time at Hogwarts (pp. 92-130). Hogwarts Press Publishing.

Format of the entry in the list of references in the APA style:

Last name, I. (Year). Title of the essay. In I. Surname (Ed.), Title of the largest work (pp. ## - ##). Editorial.

6. Use the author's last name and year of publication for references within the text. The APA style uses the author and date system for references within the text. Write the author's last name in parentheses, then a comma and the year of publication. A reference in parentheses complete with author and year is placed at the end of any sentence that references the source and within the closing punctuation of that sentence.

- For example, you could write: "When using a time turner, it may appear to others that a witch or wizard is actually in two places at the same time (Granger, 2018)."
- In case you use the author's name in the article text, include the reference in parentheses with the year immediately after the author's name. For example, you could write: "Although technically it is against the rules, Granger (2018) maintains that his use of the time turner was allowed by the head of his house."
- Add page numbers in case you directly quote the source. Just put a comma after the year and then write the page number or page range where the cited material can be found using the abbreviations "p." for a single page or "pp." for a range of pages.