APA 7th Referencing: Summary of 6th to 7th edn changes

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Returning students

The American Psychological Association has published the APA 7th referencing style which is significantly different to APA 6th . The VU APA 7th Referencing Style Guide is now published on the Library website replacing APA 6th which is no longer available. 

Please review all the information on the APA 7th Guide. You will find some reference formats have moved categories and there have been small alterations to most format examples. Changes which will affect your work [this is not an exhaustive list] include:

In-text referencing

  • When using a narrative direct quotation the page number now moved to brackets at the end of the quote.
  • Author names listed in in-text references: For 3 or more authors cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. 

Reference list

  • No longer need place of publication.
  • List all authors up to and including 20 authors.
  • No longer include the words ‘Retrieved from’ for online resources.
  • DOI format has changed. The format is now: https://doi.org/10.xxxx

Teaching staff

The American Psychological Association has published the APA 7th referencing style which includes a number of significant changes to the style. 

The VU APA 7th Referencing Style Guide will be available on Monday 10th February on Library website replacing APA 6th. The APA 7th Referencing guide is based on:

Linking to the APA 7th material

  • The main URL to the Guide remains the same but links to individual pages have changed. If you have used deep links to the Guide in your teaching spaces they will need to be reviewed.
  • The PDF summaries have not been renewed on the APA 7th Guide. Please refer students to VU EasyRef on the VU App or online for equivalent information.
  • APA videos have been updated and the embed code remains the same.
  • For staff who have used the APA videos in H5P objects: The video will still stream through H5P but any interactions and associated text will need to be reviewed.

General APA 7th information

  • Material to be referenced is generally classified by the format rather than retrieval location.This has led to changes where examples are located on the Guide.
  • Clarity is given regarding citing social media platforms, grey literature and web resources.

Please review all the information on the APA 7th Guide. Changes which will affect student work [this is not an exhaustive list] include:

In-text referencing

  • When using a direct quotation the page number now moved to brackets at the end of the quote.
  • Author names listed in in-text references: For 3 or more authors cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. 

Reference list

  • No longer need place of publication.
  • List all authors up to and including 20 authors.
  • No longer include the words ‘Retrieved from’ for online resources.
  • DOI format has changed. The format is now: https://doi.org/10.xxxx

Research students and staff

The American Psychological Association has published the APA 7th referencing style which is significantly different to APA 6th

The VU APA 7th Referencing guide is based on:

General APA 7th information

  • Material to be referenced is generally classified by the format rather than retrieval location.This has led to changes where examples are located on the Guide.
  • Clarity is given regarding citing social media platforms, grey literature and web resources.

What you need to do

  • For Researchers utilizing Endnote there is an APA 7th style available for download. Refer to the VU Endnote guide for details.
  • For Research Students likely to complete their work (PhD) this year please talk with your Supervisor and decide whether to remain with APA 6th or move to APA 7th.
  • Support from the Americaln Psychological Association will be limited going forward for APA 6th. Refer to Archiving the Sixth Edition APA Style Blog.
  • VU Library will retain an APA 6th Referencing Guide until the end of 2020 and the link will be emailed to you at your request. Contact: meg.weller@vu.edu.au.