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About this guide

This guide is an introduction to the APA (American Psychological Association) referencing system.

It is based on, and gives credit to the information given in the APA's official style guide:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Release of APA 7th Edition

Notice: Release of APA 7th edition 

A new edition of the 'Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association' was released in October 2019. APA 6th edition will continue to be used at VU until February 2020 when a new APA 7th edition Guide and Resources will be available.

If you have any questions before February 2020, please contact 'Ask a Librarian'.

Which referencing style should I be using?

Before you write your reference list or bibliography, check with your lecturer/tutor which style they prefer you to use and refer to the instructions included with your assignment.

Information about why you need to reference is available in the Referencing & plagiarism guide.

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APA style blog

More advice on APA 6th style can be found on the official APA style blog. Note that this blog has been archived and will no longer be updated.

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