By the end of this chapter, you should be able to
- Identify the two types of citations required in APA style
In APA Style, there are two parts to every citation: an in-text citation and a reference list citation.
Reference list citations are longer citations that provide enough information needed to describe and find your source again, physically or online. All sources used in a document are included in the reference list.
In-text citations are the shortened form of a reference list citation used within your paper to indicate that you have used a source’s language or ideas. It has enough information to locate its matching reference citation. Note that the citation to Helwig in the example below is a match to the Helwig reference item in the example above.
These two types will be discussed separately first and then together. First, we will discuss reference list citations.