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APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide

Referencing Guide based on the 6th Edition of APA style

APA 6th Edition

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A Note on the 7th Edition

APA has released the 7th Edition of APA Style, and we now have a guide for the latest edition. If you have been told to use "APA Style", without reference to the edition, the 7th Edition is the latest version of the style.

It is expected that all subjects commencing in 2019 which have asked for APA referencing will continue to use APA 6th edition, unless they have specifically stated otherwise.

In 2020, your lecturer may prefer to continue using the 6th Edition for their course, or may move to APA 7th Edition straight away. If they have not specified which version of APA you are to use in your subject outline, check with them to make sure you are using the correct style.

You can see some details of APA 7th Edition on the APA Style and Grammar Guidelines pages.

About APA Style

APA Style is the referencing and publication style created and supported by the American Psychological Association. It is an author-date style, which means you use the surnames of the authors and the date of publication in text, and the reference list is in alphabetical order.

This guide has been adapted from:


Introduction to APA 6th interactive tutorial

APA 6th handout

This PDF document was last updated in 2015. Use it as a handy guide to keep with you while working on your assignments, but refer back to either this LibGuide or the APA Handbooks to make sure you have the latest advice.

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