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APA (7th Edition) Referencing Guide

Guide to APA citation style using the 7th Edition of the APA Style Manual. This guide is in Beta mode, and some links and pages will become available shortly.

Check With Your Lecturer

This is a guide to the 7th Edition of APA style, which is a recent update to the APA citation style.

Your lecturer may prefer APA 6th Edition. Check your subject outline to see which version of APA you have been asked to use. If the subject outline does not specify which APA edition you should be using, please check with your lecturer.

If you are supposed to use APA 6th Edition, please go to the APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide:

Using URLs

When URL is long or complex you may use a short version of the URL.

Use a site such as Bitly URL Shortener to create manageable URL's

Example:

Long URL

https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/2e5a7bd9-4465-4fb6-8fca-041f0c874cb7/13426.pdf.asp

Short URL

https://bit.ly/2rprcj5

*Both URL's will access the same document

Web Pages and Documents

Pattern for Web Page:

Format

Author, A. A. (Date). Title of web page. Publisher/Site sponsor name. URL

Show the website date in the fullest form available

When the author name and publisher name are the same omit the publisher name from the reference

In-Text only use the author and Year (James Cook University, 2019).

Examples

Department of Education. (2020, April 22). Physical activity and health. Queensland Government. https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home/physical-activity-and-health

James Cook University. (2019). Borrow and renew. https://www.jcu.edu.au/library/loans

Grima, B. (2019, September 30). A 60,000-year-old cure for depression. BBC. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190929-a-60000-year-old-cure-for-depression

Waratah Wynyard Council. (n.d.). Location of public toilets. http://www.warwyn.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=266

NB: This pattern is also used for documents downloaded from websites, such as PDFs:

Queensland Health. (2019, April 4). Influenza (The flu). Queensland Government. http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/media/pdf/14/217/82/influenza-the-flu-v24

Queensland Health. (2016, July 26). Food safety fact sheet 51: Food allergies. Queensland Government. http://www.health.qld.gov.au/foodsafety/Documents/fs-51-allergies.pdf

Refering to entire websites

If you are taking information from the website or web document, then you must cite the information as per the instructions given above.

However, if you are simply referring to the fact that the website exists, then you include the URL for the home page in text, and you do not include an entry in your reference list.

For example:

Queensland Health maintains a website which offers advice on clinical practice (https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice) that can be a good resource for health workers.

Please note: This is only done when you are not using any information from the site. If you are not sure whether you can simply give the URL in text, or if you should cite the web resource with a proper in-text citation and an entry in your reference list, ask your librarian for assistance.

How to reference web content using APA 7th

Reference web content using APA7th animation

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country