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ATS Citation Quick Guide

APA Citations consist of two parts: an in-text citation and a References page entry. 

An in-text citation consists of the author's last name, date, and page number, like this: (Moschella, 2008, p. 35) .

In-text citations are required for both direct quotations and paraphrases, but page numbers are used ONLY for direct quotes. If you are paraphrasing, you only need to give the last name and the date. 

A typical References page entry using APA follows this format for a book: 

Moschella, M.C. (2008). Ethnography as a pastoral practice: An introduction. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press. 

For a print journal, it looks like this: 

Pohl, C.D. (2007). Practicing hospitality in the face of "complicated wickedness." Wesleyan Theological Journal, 42(1), 7-31.

For a journal accessed online, it looks like this: 

Pohl, C.D. (2007). Practicing hospitality in the face of "complicated wickedness." Wesleyan Theological Journal, 42(1), 7-31. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.asburyseminary.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rfh&AN=ATLA0001619355&site=eds-live

Please note these important characteristics:

  1. ONLY use the initial for the author's first/middle names. 
  2. Only the first word of a title and the first word of the subtitle are capitalized in the References entry.

Additional Resources

Purdue OWL - APA

APA Style