Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 02, 2017 Views: 17147
Unpublished research includes work in progress, work submitted for publication but not yet published, or work that has been completed but not submitted for publication.
You will cite unpublished work the same as you would published work, with the author’s last name and the year the work is in progress or was completed.
Keep in mind that authors are protected by copyright law against unauthorized use of their unpublished research. Until their work is published, authors own the copyright to their work, and you may not use it without their permission. See more details on pages 10-20 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) and ProQuest’s manual on copyright law and graduate research, Part III.
- See APA's blog post regarding how to cite dates of unpublished research.
- See How do I cite using APA? for general citation tips.
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