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Cite APA Style 7

APA style according to the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual from the American Psychological Association.

Grab a Citation

Usually the easiest way to get a citation is to grab one from the databases where you got your article, book, eBook or media, but most database providers have not caught up to APA 7 yet.

For other items you can use a free citation generator to build your citation. zoterobib is your best option.

Citation Generators

These citation generators can help you build your citations in multiple styles, including APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, ACS, GSA  and more. They can be especially helpful when you are citing something unusual like an image, television or federal statute. 

zoterobib is the quickest and easiest to use. Want to know more? Try How to Use Zoterobib.

EBSCO

EBSCO

EBSCOhost has a great citation tool you can use to cite your articles. Here's how:

  1. Perform a search in any EBSCOhost database.
  2. Click on the title of any article or eBook from your list that you want to cite.
  3. Click on the Cite icon on the right side of the item page:
  4. Citation Format will appear above the article or eBook cited in multiple formats. APA style is the second listed.
  5. Copy the citation and paste into your references page.

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Change It Tips

  1. After pasting the citation in your paper, create a hanging indent. (follow this link to see how).
  2. Make it double spaced (follow this link to see how).
  3. Change the font to match the font of your paper.

 

Articles Should Look Like

Gunningham, N. (2019). Averting Climate Catastrophe: Environmental

Activism, Extinction Rebellion and coalitions of Influence. 

King’s Law Journal, 30(2), 194–202.

https://doi.org/10.1080/09615768.2019.1645424


eBooks Should Look Like

Arnold, J. R. (2020). Whistleblowers, Leakers, and Their Networks :

From Snowden to Samizdat. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Google Scholar

Good news! Google scholar provides citations for articles from the search result list (currently MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard or Vancouver). 

To grab a citation click on the Cite link below a search result and select from the available citation styles.

As with any resource that provides citations, always double check to make sure formatting is correct. See formatting tips below.

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Change it Tips APA

  1. After pasting the citation in your paper, create a hanging indent. (follow this link to see how).
  2. Make it double spaced (follow this link to see how).
  3. Change the font to match the font of your paper.

Note: Google Scholar does not include DOI information. You'll need to grab the citation from Google Scholar, then click on the title of the article to go to the article page. The article page probably has the DOI, which you should add at the end of the citation with no period following as it can interfere with the link.  

It Should Look Like APA

Taylor, G. (2019). Shakespeare’s Early Gothic Hamlet. 

Critical Survey, 31(1-2), 4-25. 

https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2019.31010202

1. Grab the DOI from a Database

When the style you want is not available from a database, you can grab the DOI of your article from a database and paste it into zoterobib. How you grab the DOI from a database is very easy, but varies by database. Get step by step instructions below. 

Want to know more? Try How to Use Zoterobib.

2. Grab the Gale DOI

In Gale databases you can grab the the DOI near the top the article page if it is available. Generally, DOIs will be available for scholarly articles published after 2011.

Alternatively you can grab it from from the citation option under most citation styles.

Gale DOI

2. OR Grab the ProQuest DOI

In ProQuest databases you can grab the the DOI near the top the article page if it is available. Generally, DOIs will be available for scholarly articles published after 2011.

Alternatively you can grab it from from the citation option under most citation styles. 

PorQuest DOI

3. Generate the Citation in zoterobib

zoterobib is best for non database sources such as a website, or for database sources when the databases does not have the style you want to use. 

  1. Paste the URL or DOI into zoterobib's entry box and hit Cite.
  2. zoterobib automatically generates a citation.  
  3. You have the option of editing the citation if needed, which sometimes happens with websites