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Assignment 6; Essay Sample



APA Style Sample












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APA Style Sample


The American Psychological Association (APA) style is primarily used in the

social science disciplines. It is formatted like Modern Language Association (MLA),

and shows many similarities, but is unique in several key points. This paper

discusses the APA in detail.


APA uses parenthetical (or in-text) citations within sentences, but rather than

indicating the author's name and page number, APA includes author's name and date

of publication. The page number, represented with a p. or a pp., is only added to the

citation when using a direct quote (not a summary or paraphrase). If the author's

name is mentioned in the sentence, then place the date of publication in parentheses

directly after the name. If the name is not mentioned include the author's name and

date in parentheses at the end of the source material. And, if you use a direct quote,

place the page number after the publication date within the parentheses.


Note the difference between the following three examples:

Terrence(Terrence, 2007)has

presented poignant examples from 150 interviews. However, it has been pointed out

that the research was conducted in a selective, highly biased, way (Strong & Porter,

1998). All of the interviewees have been called “exceptions to the norm” (Strong &

Porter, 1998,p.g. 5)

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Note the first example paraphrases an author that is named in the sentence, the

second example paraphrases authors that are not named in the sentence, and the third

example provides a direct quote (thus the inclusion of the page numbers) but also

does not identify the authors within the sentence. If the authors were identified

within the sentence in the third example, the authors' names would be followed by

the year of publication and only the page numbers would be in the parentheses at the

end of the quote.


Finally, the bibliographic page in APA style differs from MLA, what APA

calls the Reference page. You will notice a few immediate differences from the

MLA Works Cited format. With APA you include the initial of the author's first

name rather than the complete name, the publication date immediately follows the

author's name in parentheses, and titles of articles are not surrounded with quotation

marks. The lists are still alphabetized by author's last name (or title in the absence of

an author) and the first line is flush left while subsequent lines in the same entry are

indented in (approximately 5 spaces or one tab). A good resource to help you with

referencing is Notre Dame’s referencing guide at

downloadable help document available at:

reference list rather than a bibliography with your paper(APA, 2017) A reference

list consists of all sources cited in the text of a paper whereas a bibliography may

include resources that were consulted but not cited in the text as well as an annotated

description of each one.

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The School of Education, University of Notre Dame Australia, uses the APA

6 th referencing style for all written documents. In addition to in text referencing and

the reference list there are a number of formatting requirements to ensure your essay

complies with APA standards. Get to know the APA 6 th .

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APA. (2017). Bibliography versus reference list. Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/learn/quick-

Bretag, T. (2013). Challenges in addressing plagiarism in education. PLoS Medicine, 10(12),

e1001574. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001574

Hosny, M., & Fatima, S. (2014). Attitude of students towards cheating and plagiarism: University

case study. Journal of Applied Sciences, 14(8), 748-757. doi:10.3923/jas.2014.748.757

Strong, R. L., & Porter, M. (1998). Grammatical combinations. In S. Parker & K. Gibson (Ed.),

Language and literacy (pp. 540-578). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University.

Terrence, H. S. (2007, November 1). Student success in community colleges. West Australian, pp. 6-