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APA Bibliographies

APA Bibliographies

Author: Ms. K
  1. This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to document sources and who is confused about how to write a bibliography. It will explain how to cite sources in an APA bibliography.

  2. Explain how to format an APA bibliography.

  3. Explain how to cite a variety of common sources in APA style including books, articles, websites, etc.

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How to Format a Bibliography

One quick thing to remember:  If you are writing a bibliography you should include detailed information about all the sources that were used to write your paper/essay, even if you are not citing them in the paper.  If, however, you are writing a reference list each source you cite in the paper must appear in your reference list; likewise, each entry in the reference list must be cited in your paper/essay.

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How to Cite a Book

To cite a book in APA format just follow this formula:
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work in italics with only a capital for the first letter: Capital letter also for subtitle too. Location: Publisher.

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How to Site Online Articles and/or Websites

To cite an aritcle or website in APA format just follow this formula (just skip any information you don't have):
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article with only the first letter capitalized. Title of Online Periodical in italics, volume number still in italics(issue number not in italics). Retrieved from

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There are many online tools to help you build your works cited, and these work great!. When using them just be sure of two things:

  1. Double check their work. Often times they will get titles of article and websites mixed up or will not find sponsors. Just check for everything.
  2. Be sure that the tool you are using is using the most up-to-date version of the MLA Guidelines.