Cite Your Sources: APA In-Text Citations
This video explains how to properly format in-text citations in APA format. Please note this video uses APA 6th Edition.
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This short Library video will show you how to cite your sources in-text using APA.
An in-text citation is a note in parentheses. It tells the reader that the information or idea is from another source and where they can find that source.
APA style generally uses the author-year method of in-text citation instead of footnotes. This means that when you are citing a source, you put the last name of the author first, followed by a comma and the year of publication.
For example, (Smith, 2013).
When do you need to include the page number? Direct quotations require a page number. Or if it is a specific part of a source.
For example, if a statistic is used, the citation should also include the page number.
Where does the in-text citation go? There are 2 options.
#1. Place it at the end of the sentence. For example: Research has shown that cats like to nap (Smith, 2009).
#2. Incorporate the author's name into the sentence. For example: Smith (2009) conducted research showing that cats like to nap.
When you cite a source in text don't forget that a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of your assignment.
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This concludes the library video on how to effectively use APA in-text citations.