This guide will assist you in understanding how to reference for your assignment. It contains examples to help you format your in-text citations and reference list.

The American Psychological Association 6th edition (APA 6) is an author-date style, meaning in-text citations (author, year) are used to acknowledge the author(s) of ideas and quotes you have included in the body of your assignment. The details of these citations are then included in a reference list, organised alphabetically, at the end of your assignment.

APA 6 examples



(Author, Year)

Author stated (Year) ...


Australia's higher education sector is known for providing students with training that is relevant to their future profession (Bohm, 2000).


Bohm and Chaudhri (2010) claim that Australia has a "reputation for delivering industry-focused education and training" (p.171).

Quick author summary

Authors Reference list In-text citation
1 Fetherston, T. (2007). Title... (Fetherston, 2007)
2 Crossman, J., & Mills, C. (2011). Title... (Crossman & Mills, 2011)
3-5 Colagiuri, R., Girgis, S., Eigenmann, C., Gomez, M., & Griffiths, R. (2009). Title...
First citation
(Colagiuri, Girgis, Eigenmann, Gomez, & Griffiths, 2009)
Subsequent citation
(Colagiuri et al., 2009)
6-7 Louden, W., Chan, L. K., Elkins, J., Greaves, D., House, H., Milton, M., & Van Kraayenoord, C. (2000). Title ... (Louden et al., 2000)
8+Khokhlova, T. D., Wang, Y. N., Simon, J. C., Cunitz, B. W., Starr, F., Paun, M., … Khokhlova, V. A. (2014). Title ...(Khokhlova et al., 2014)

Author, editor, translator

One author

Two authors

Three to five authors

Six or more authors

Corporate/government authors



No author


Quote, cite, missing details

Quoting from sources

Citing parts of a source - page number, paragraph, time stamp, section

Sources citing other sources

Multiple works by the same author published in the same year

Multiple references in one citation

No author

No date

No title

Book, chapter, encyclopedia

Book – electronic with DOI

Book – electronic with URL

Book – electronic from a platform or with a particular format

Book – print

Book chapter

Book with editor

Book review



Journal, newspaper article

Journal article – electronic with DOI

Journal article – electronic with URL

Journal article – advance online publication

Journal article - in-press

Journal article – print

Newspaper article – electronic

Newspaper article – print

Report, government, thesis

Government publication


Conference paper

Conference proceedings

Thesis or dissertation – from a database

Thesis or dissertation – from an institutional repository

Thesis or dissertation – unpublished retrieved from a web site

Thesis or dissertation – print

Video, audio, music, scripts

Video stream – database

Video stream – YouTube or Vimeo

Video physical – DVD or Blu-ray

Audio stream or podcast

Audio physical – LP, CD, Tape

Music scores

Music scores - unpublished

Music encyclopedias and dictionaries


Website, social media, software

Web page

Web document

Blog post

Social media

Figure, table, lecture notes, other




Lecture notes

Personal correspondence

Unpublished material

Archive material

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Consult the official manual and style blog for more information.

In-text citations

Acknowledge authors using the following formats:

Author (Year) expresses the idea....
....paraphrased idea sentence (Author, Year)
....paraphrased idea sentence (Author & Author, Year).


Fetherston (2007) expresses the idea...
Teachers help each student with their individual interpretation of understanding (Fetherston, 2007).
Australia's higher education sector is known for providing students with training that is relevant to their future profession (Bohm & Chaudhri, 2000).
Author (Year) "text of direct quote" (Page).
"text of direct quote" (Author & Author, Year, Page).


Fetherston (2007) claims that teachers "suggest ways of looking at the new material" (p. 61).
Australia has a "reputation for delivering industry-focused education and training" (Bohm & Chaudhri, 2010, p. 171).


  • When acknowledging multiple authors in the text of a sentence precede the final name with the word "and"
  • When acknowledging multiple authors in the parentheses and reference list precede the final name with an ampersand "&"

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Reference list

Place the reference list on a new page at the end of your assignment and centre the heading of "References".

In your reference list:

  • sort references alphabetically (A-Z) by surname of the first author of the work, if no author sort under the first significant word of the title
  • use a hanging indent the second line and subsequent lines of a reference are indented tabbed space or 1.27cm
  • double space references throughout the list
  • write titles using sentence case - capitalise the first word of the title, the first word after a colon or dash, and proper names.
  • italicise titles of books, journals, films, and videos but not book chapters and journal article titles.
  • write journal titles and corporate authors' names out in full, no abbreviations
  • add the city, state (two letter abbreviation) eg. New York, NY; Chicago, IL to the publication location if the resource was published in the USA
  • add the city, country eg. London, England; Brisbane, Australia to the publication location if the resource was published outside of the USA.

Sample referencing list

Check your skills

APA 6 has many rules to follow, check your skills by working through the following interactive questions.

Official manual and style blog

Consult the official manual and style blog for more information.








Referencing information is provided as a guide only and is based on the official manual or other authoritative sources where available. Users are directed to confirm specific referencing requirements with their course convenor and to consult the manual directly for more information.

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