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When you use APA referencing you need to create a reference list and use in-text citations to show what resources you have used in your assignment.
A reference list is a list of the resources that you used when writing your assignment or doing your research. These resources may include:
Reference lists come at the end of an assignment, and are arranged in alphabetical order, usually by author or editor. If there isn’t an author or an editor, the title is used.
When marking, lecturers/tutors will look at the content and format of a reference lists.
Citations or in-text citations are similar to references, but occur in the body of the text with direct quotes and paraphrases to identify the author/publication for the material you have used. Citations are used:
One of the most important things to remember is that every citation should also have a corresponding entry in your reference list.
Short guide to APA referencing (PDF 63KB, opens in new window) - see Citations (in-text references) and paraphrasing
Tip: When you are doing your assignment research, keep a list of all of your sources. This will help when it comes to writing your references and including citations. Check our information on how to avoid plagiarism for tips on how to do this.
APA interactive - Massey University (opens in new window)
Punctuating around quotation marks – APA Style blog (opens in new window)