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A guide to psychology resources available from ANU Library

APA Style

For Psychology the American Psychological Association (APA) style is used. The APA referencing style uses author date parenthetical, in text citations based on the Harvard style.

Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for more detailed information on the APA writing style.

Key points of APA are:

  • All references are cited in the body of your text.

  • The references are brief (surname, year of publication, page number)

  • Full citations are listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper.

The Academic Skills Centre explains how referencing works and provides examples of author-date referencing styles including APA.

Academic writing resources

Referencing is an integral part of academic writing and involves giving recognition to the source of anyone else's ideas that you have used or quoted in your essay or assignment. Some simple tips for referencing accurately are: 

  1. Acknowledge direct quotations, facts, and figures, as well as the ideas and theories that you use.
  2. Check with your lecturer for the preferred referencing style used by your school.
  3. Whichever referencing or citation style you prefer, be consistent throughout your assignment.

Commonly used referencing styles include Harvard and APA. 

The ANU does not adhere to a single standard referencing style, so you should check with your lecturers to ensure that you submit your work using the correct style. For help with referencing and academic writing, email the Academic Skills Centre.

The ANU has policies and procedures on academic integrity and how to avoid plagiarism - for which there can be serious consequences.


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