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APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide

Referencing Guide based on the 6th Edition of APA style

Conference Papers and Poster Presentations

Some conferences publish versions of the papers presented at the conference in a book-like collection known as a Conference Proceedings. These proceedings have all of the features of an edited book, and papers in conference proceedings are treated much like chapters of edited books.

Other conferences do not publish official proceedings, but make the papers submitted to the conference available as separate documents. These are treated as informally published works.

Paper published in conference proceedings:

Format
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of paper. In A. Editor & B Editor (Eds.) Title of proceedings (page numbers). Place of publication: Publisher.
 
OR
 
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of paper. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.) Title of proceedings (page numbers). doi:DOI [or Retrieved from URL]
Examples

Cismas, S. C. (2010). Educating academic writing skills in engineering. In P. Dondon & O. Martin (Eds.), Latest trends on engineering education (pp. 225-247). Corfu Island, Greece: WSEAS Press.

Morgan, R., Meldrum, K., Bryan, S., Mathiesen, B., Yakob, N., Esa, N., & Ziden, A. A. (2017). Embedding digital literacies in curricula: Australian and Malaysian experiences. In G. B. Teh & S. C. Choy (Eds.), Empowering 21st century learners through holistic and enterprising learning: Selected papers from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College International Conference 2016 (pp. 11-19). doi:10.1007/978-981-10-4241-6_2

Paper presented at conference, not formally published in proceedings (also used for Poster Presentations):

Format
Author, A. A. (Year, Month). Title of paper. Paper presented at the Conference Name, Location.
 
If available online:
 
Author, A. A. (Year, Month). Title of paper. Paper presented at the Conference Name, Location. Retrieved from URL
Examples

Bland, A. (2017, November). The implementation of a junior Samoan language programme in a South Island, New Zealand secondary school context. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2017, Canberra, Australia.

Buckly, B. (2017, July). Applying theory, experiential learning and cultural knowledge to improve outcomes for Indigenous tertiary students. Reflections from half a century in Aboriginal education. Paper presented at the STARS StudentsTransitions Achievement Retention Success 2017 Conference, Adelaide, Australia. Retrieved from http://unistars.org/papers/STARS2017/09A.pdf

How many authors? Remember, there are rules for how to set out a reference, depending on the number of authors

Note:

  • Make every effort to find all of the required details, however you may find that some papers are missing certain details (for example, there may not be a named editor). In this case you can skip this detail and move to the next part of the citation.
  • The title of a conference (for example, the Fourth Annual Conference of the Applied Engineering Association) is something that should be capitalised in a sentence, therefore it is capitalised in the titles of the conference proceedings and conference papers. Notice the example given above: Empowering 21st century learners through holistic and enterprising learning: Selected papers from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College International Conference 2016

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