Citation Help 2.0: APA

Most Common APA Citations

Reference List


Lastname, X. (Year). Title in italics. Place of Publication: Publisher.

example:  Jones, M.A. (2014). Zombies in popular culture: A history. New York, NY: Longwood University Press.

Journal article (from a library database)

Lastname, X X. & Lastname, Y.Y. (Year). Article title. Journal Title, (volume#), pp-pp. doi: .

example: Zamboni, L. G., & Geiss, M. R. (1988). Sports and leisure in ancient Rome. Journal of Sport History, (15), 86-114. doi:104910/32910491


Lastname, X.X. OR Organization Name. (Year). Title of website. Retrieved from http://webaddress.

example: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). H1N1 risks and symptoms. Retrieved from

In-text Citations

(Lastname, Year).

example: (Jackson, 2012)


  1. When the author is an organization, use the organization name in the author position. Example: (American Cancer Society, 2015)

1a )For in-text citations, use the full name of the organization the first time, then use its abbreviation for each subsequent mention . So, the first time you cite the website above in text, it should look like this: (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Every subsequent time: (CDC, 2010).

  1. When there is no date given, use (n.d.) in the date position.