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American Psychological Association (APA) style is typically used by writers in social science fields.
If you want a detailed explanation of APA style with many examples, use one of the print guides in the library. These are reference books, which means they can only be used in the library. Like all reference books, they are marked with red stickers on their spines.
In this example, we're citing a quotation from page 112 of the book Operetta: A Theatrical History, written by Richard Traubner and published in 1983 by Doubleday, a publishing house based in Garden City, New York.
If you mention the author by name in the text, you don't have to include the author's name in the citation:
According to Traubner (1983), “There is more ‘drama’ in a Strauss operetta waltz than in the vast majority of French or Viennese couplets” (p. 112).
If you do not mention the author by name in the text, you must include the author's name in the citation:
Strauss’s operettas rely on the inherent romanticism and theatricality of the waltz; one author notes, “There is more ‘drama’ in a Strauss operetta waltz than in the vast majority of French or Viennese couplets” (Traubner, 1983, p. 112).
Traubner, R. (1983). Operetta: A Theatrical History. Garden City, New York: Doubleday.
In this example, we're citing information paraphrased from page 859 of the article "Seasonal adaptations of the fall webworm Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) following its invasion of Japan,” which was written by Tadashi Gomi. The article was published in 2007 in volume 22, issue 6 of the journal Ecological Research, and it appeared on pages 855-861. This an article we found online, and its DOI (document object identifier) is 10.1007/s11284-006-0327-y.
Gomi (2007) notes that in southwestern parts of Japan, Hyphantria cunea, the fall webworm, has a trivoltine life cycle, most likely due to warmer temperatures in that part of the country (p. 859).
Gomi, T. (2007). Seasonal adaptations of the fall webworm Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) following its invasion of Japan. Ecological Research, 22, 855-61. doi: 10.1007/s11284-006-0327-y.
In this example, we're citing an entry in Peter Filichia's blog on the Masterworks Broadway website. The blog entry is titled "The Reviews are in for Bajour" and was published on March 4, 2014. The URL for the entry is http://www.masterworksbroadway.com/blog/the-reviews-are-in-for-bajour/. According to the page footer, the site's copyright is held by Sony Music Entertainment.
Filichia (2014) states that when he asked Steven Suskin why he omitted the 1964 musical Bajour from his collocation of Broadway reviews, Opening Nights on Broadway, Suskin replied that he did not think that any of Bajour's reviews were interesting.
Filichia, P. (2014, March 4). The Reviews are in for Bajour [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.masterworksbroadway.com/blog/the-reviews-are-in-for-bajour/.