In APA style, the alphabetical list of sources and references, which appears at the end of your research paper, is called the APA works cited page, and is labeled “References.” It consists of all the resources, such as books, magazine articles, web pages and news items that you have consulted to write your paper. This list provides the required bibliographic information necessary to classify and locate each source for your readers.
All of the citations in your APA works cited page are alphabetized by the authors’ last names; sources whose authors are not provided are alphabetized by their title. In APA style, the date of publication of each source appears right next to the first element of the citation. This particular structure of each source citation is important in APA style because it allows readers to locate your sources more easily.
As a general rule in formatting your APA works cited page, you need to italicize all the titles of book sources, whereas you neither need to put in quotation marks nor to italicize the titles of articles. Another convention in listing authors in your citations is the inversion of authors’ names, making the last name of the author come first in every citation. Unlike the MLA style, which lists the full names of authors, initials are used for all first and middle names. An ampersand (&) is used when listing sources that have more than two authors, for instance: Camus, A., Dostoevsky, F., & Sartre, J.P. Capitalize only the first word of a title or subtitle, and any proper names that are part of a title.
For the pagination in your APA works cited page, the abbreviation p. or pp. is used to designate page numbers of articles that are taken from periodical sources, such as newspapers and magazines. These abbreviations are also assigned to point out pages in articles taken from encyclopedias and specific chapters from books.
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