Answered By: Elaine M. Patton
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2018     Views: 13

APA-style citations will depend on the material you are trying to cite: books, journal articles, movies, websites, government reports, presentations, and so on. If you're unsure what category your source falls into, the librarians are happy to help you figure it out! 

Key features of an APA Citation:

  • Authors are listed by Last Name, First initial (e.g. Smith, J.). Do not write out the authors' full first names.
    • If a work has multiple authors, leave them in the same order they're listed on the work.
  • Publication dates emphasize the year (e.g. 2014, October 9).
  • Article titles or book titles are capitalized like sentences, with the first word and any proper nouns being capitalized but everything else lower-case. (e.g. Mr. Smith goes to Washington.)
  • If you're citing something unique (that is, something other than a website, book, or article, generally speaking), you'll identify what it is after the title. (e.g. Mr. Smith goes to Washington [DVD].)


See the links below for resources to give you more specific examples of citations and style formatting.