Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016 Views: 3372
APA in-text citations require the author, year, and sometimes the page number. To use proper APA in-text citations, follow these specific guidelines:
Include a sufficient number of citations. Make sure that your reader can understand (a) what information is from an outside source and (b) which specific source the information comes from.
- Paraphrase accurately. Remember to follow the Writing Center’s guidelines for paraphrasing, and always include a citation for each paraphrase.
- Use quotation marks around direct quotations. For direct quotations, be sure to also include a page or paragraph number in the citation.
- Use direct quotations sparingly. Rather than copying and pasting whole sections of someone else's work, try to use direct quotations only when necessary.
- View more details on how to cite your sources properly in APA.
See How do I cite in my text? for examples of in-text citations.
- Access the recorded webinar "APA Citations: The Method to the Madness", the recorded webinar "APA Citations Part 2: Nontraditional Sources or the recorded webinar "Using and Integrating Quotes" in the webinar archive.
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