Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: May 02, 2017     Views: 3773

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.

   

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