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APA Guide - 7th Edition: Citation Templates & Examples

Resource Types

Select the resource type below for corresponding in-text and full reference page templates and examples: 

You will find guidance for legal citations under "Other". For further information, see the Citations Tab of the Legal Research Guide

The 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association offers some guidance on how to create APA Style legal references in Chapter 11. APA encourages users to refer to the Bluebook for additional assistance with legal citations. 

In-Text Components

Every in-text citation must have a corresponding entry in the reference list, unless you are told otherwise (examples include personal communications and citing an entire website). There are two ways to cite in-text.

For more guidelines,

APA requires that you provide two pieces of information for an in-text citation:

  • Author last name(s) (this could also be an organization)
  • Publication date

page number is required for direct quotes, and encouraged for paraphrasing.

You will incorporate this information two ways into your text: parenthetically or narratively.

Reference Components

All APA reference list entries contain four main components: author, date, title, and source. Those components are organized as follows:

Author. (Date). Title. Source.

Refer to the Reference Components tab for further information. 

If you are unable to locate components for a reference, the APA Style website has a page on Missing Reference Information.