This guide will help you identify elements to distinguish one kind of APA style citation from another. For example, how does a journal citation differ from a book citation?
The citations below are in the APA style (6th edition) and show the elements you should look out for including authors, editors, publication information, etc. These elements will be present in some form in most common citation styles.
The animation above shows an article cited in the APA 6 format (view non-animated version).
To distinguish an article from other kinds of sources, look for:
Citations for articles accessed online often list the article's stable URL at the end of the citation:
The animation above shows a book cited in the APA 6 format (view non-animated version).
To distinguish a book from other kinds of sources, look for:
The animation above shows a single chapter from a book cited in the APA 6 format (view non-animated version).
To distinguish a book chapter from other kinds of sources, look for:
Schultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.
National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHS Publication No. ADM 90-1679). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Engelshcall, R. S. (1997). Module mod_rewrite: URL Rewriting Engine. In Apache HTTP Server version 1.3 documentation (Apache modules). Retrieved from http://httpd.apache.org/docs/1.3/mod/mod_rewrite.html
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