APA format features rules and guidelines that make papers and writing projects consistent. They cover the following:
With APA format, each information source you use — such as a website you directly quote or an article idea you paraphrase (put into your own words) — must have the following:
More about each citation is below.
1. Full Citations
Full citations provide details about sources you use in your research paper or project. These details (items such as authors, titles, dates, and more) go in a specific order and must be formatted according to APA guidelines. All of your full citations go into an alphabetical list at the end of your paper or project named References.
2. In-Text Citations
In-Text citations (also called parenthetical documentation or citation) are a small part of your full citation that goes in your paper or project near where you use information from that source. In-text citations are required when you do the following: