What is the difference between an abstract and an introduction? An abstract is a brief paragraph, 150-250 words, that summarizes the entire paper. It should not contain personal pronouns such as “I” or “We.” It should always be written after the entire paper is finished.
An introduction is the first paragraph of the body of the paper. It provides background information on your topic and generally ends with a thesis statement which provides a roadmap to the rest of your paper.
Do I always need an abstract? While APA style requires an abstract, not all instructors require one, particularly for shorter papers. Check with your instructor.
What is the correct format for quotations? Material quoted directly from a work should be reproduced word for word.
Always include the author’s last name, date, and specific page or paragraph as part of the in-text citation.
Page numbers should be used when available (for example, an article in PDF format)
Paragraph numbers should be used if page numbers do not exist (for example, websites or documents in html format).
If there is a heading within the document, include that, then count the paragraphs within that section. For example, (Jones, Causes, incidence and risk factors section, 2011, para. 2)
If there is not a heading within the website, count the paragraphs from the beginning of the document.
Short quotations: If the quotation is fewer than 40 words, incorporate it into the text, enclosing it with quotation marks.
Example 1: Citation in midsentence
Although studies have shown that drinking water “can improve students' readiness to learn by increasing their level of cognitive functioning” (Patel & Hampton, 2011, p. 1370), most children and adolescents do not consume sufficient quantities.
Example 2: citation at the end of a sentence
A 2008 study revealed that “77% of US public secondary schools had soda or sports drinks available for purchase” (Patel & Hampton, 2011, p. 1372).
Long quotations: A quotation of more than 40 words, or a block quote, should be:
Started on a new line
Indented 5 spaces from the left margin
Patel and Hampton (2011) contend that:
Because young children are more susceptible to the effects of lead than are older children and adults, water quality may be a larger concern for child care settings. For example, infants’ diets may consist, in large part, of formula that can be mixed with tap water containing high lead levels. (p. 1371)
It is believed that,
Because young children are more susceptible to the effects of lead than are older children and adults, water quality may be a larger concern for child care settings. For example, infants’ diets may consist, in large part, of formula that can be mixed with tap water containing high lead levels. (Patel & Hampton, 2011, p. 1371)
How do I cite a quote I found in another source?
Sometimes you want to use a source that was cited in another source. It is best to attempt to find and use the original source. If this is not possible, then name the original source in your signal phrase. List the secondary source in parentheses (see example below) and in your reference list.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “from 1922 to 1929, GNP grew at an annual rate of 4.7 percent and unemployment averaged 3.7 percent (as cited in White, 1990, p. 69).
If several ideas of the ideas within a paragraph are from the same author, do I need to cite them each individually or can I put one citation at the end of the paragraph? According to the APA Publication Manual, “Each time you paraphrase another author (i.e.) summarize a passage or rearrange the order of a sentence and change some of the words), you need to credit the source in the text (p.15). Therefore, you need to cite each instance of an idea that you take from an author. Citing only at the end of the paragraph does not indicate which sentences are your words and which are the author’s.
According to the APA style blog, this would be one correct way of citing in this instance:
Children and adolescents are choosing to drink sugar-sweetened beverages instead of water (Patel & Hampton, 2010). This can impact both health and cognitive functioning, prevent dental caries, and reduce weight gain (Patel & Hampton, 2010). The fact that sugar-sweetened beverages are so readily available in schools is one reason that water consumption has decreased among young people (Patel & Hampton, 2010).
However, this can break up the flow of the text. To both prevent plagiarism and preserve the flow of the text, use the authors’ names as part of the text.
According to Patel and Hampton (2011), children and adolescents are choosing to drink sugar-sweetened beverages instead of water. The authors suggest that this can impact both health and learning. They point to studies that show that drinking water can increase cognitive functioning, prevent dental caries, and reduce weight gain. The fact that sugar-sweetened beverages are so readily available in schools is one reason that water consumption has decreased among young people (Patel & Hampton, 2011).
What if there is not an author? Sometimes you may not see the name of an individual as the author. In this case, the author may actually be the organization that produced the information (for example, the American Red Cross).
When the source does not have an individual or an organization as author, use a shortened version of the title followed by the year. Place the title of an article or a webpage within quotation marks (omitting any initial articles and capitalizing each word).
Place the title of an article or a webpage within quotation marks (omitting any initial articles and capitalizing each word);
Article: (“Improve Indigenous Housing,” 2007)
Italicize the title of books, brochures, and reports:
Book: (Guide to Agricultural Meteorological Practices, 2010)
Reference list entry:
Improve indigenous housing now, governments told. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?”Page=10220
When a work specifically lists the author as Anonymous, use the word Anonymous followed by a comma and the date:
In text: (Anonymous, 2011)
Reference list entry:
Anonymous. (2009) China and the internet. Harvard International Review, 31(2), 68-73.
What if there is not a date? If there is no date, use (n.d.) to signify there is no date for the material both in the in-text citation and the reference.
When do I use p. to indicate page numbers in my references? If the periodical has a volume number:
Switch to regular type and provide the issue number and page numbers
Do not use p. or pp.
If the periodical does not include volume numbers, use p. or pp. before the page number to make it clear that you are referring to page numbers rather than issue or volume numbers
For sources 1 page or less, use p.
For sources longer than 1 page, use pp.
What are the rules for the reference page?
If you have a citation in your paper, you must have a corresponding reference on your References page
Double space the references.
Alphabetize the list by the last name of the first author.
If there is not an author, alphabetize by title.
Use a single space after each period. Note: Within the text of your document you should use two spaces after a period.
Use a hanging indent. With a hanging indent, the first line begins flush left; the second line, and all subsequent lines, begin 1/2 inch from the left margin. You can create a hanging indent in the format dialog box in MS Word.
Make the publisher’s name as brief as possible, omitting the words Publisher, Co., and Inc. Do include Books and Press.
Do not use periods in abbreviations for state names (FL, NY, DC)
When the author is also the publisher, use the Author to indicate the publisher:
American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Washington, DC: Author.
The URLs (Universal Resource Locators) in my references are displayed in blue. How do I get them to appear in black?
To remove a hyperlink:
Highlight the URL address
Select Remove Hyperlink.
The URL address should appear in black font color without underlining.
How do you cite Natural standards monographs? Natural Standard. (2011). Aloe (aloe vera) [Monograph]. Retrieved from http://naturalstandard.com/databases/herbssupplements/all/aloe.asp
If you have many citations from this database from the same year, you alphabetize the entries by the title and call them 2011a, 2011b, and so forth, in both the reference list entries and the text citations. For example:
Natural Standard. (2011a). Aloe (aloe vera) [Monograph]. Retrieved from http://naturalstandard.com/databases/herbssupplements/all/aloe.asp
Natural Standard. (2011b). Caffeine [Monograph]. Retrieved from http://naturalstandard.com/databases/herbssupplements/all/caffeine
How do you cite an entire website (as opposed to a specific document on that site)?
When citing an entire website, it is sufficient to give the address of the site in just the text.
Example: The U.S. Green Building Council website is an excellent resource for green building research, case studies, and policies (http://www.usgbc.org).
How do you cite a speech?
Even for a well-known speech, you should find an authoritative source for the text. Then you simply reference the book, video documentary, website, or other source for the quotation. The reference format you need will depend on the type of document you’ve used.
Example of speech from Credo Reference:
Ask not what your country can do for you. (2006). In Chambers Classic Speeches. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com
The in-text citation would include the surname of the author or editor of the source document and the year of publication. For example, your sentence might look like this:
President Kennedy proclaimed, “Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man” (“Ask not,” 2006).
How do you cite resources from BuildingGreen Suite?
Environmental Building News article:
Malin, N., & Roberts, T. (2011). Energy-efficient multifamily housing. Environmental Building News 20(7). Retrieved from http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2011/6/29/Energy-Efficient-Multifamily-Housing/
U.S. Department of Energy. (2007). 30 Hudson Street [Case study]. Retrieved from http://www.buildinggreen.com/hpb/overview.cfm?projectid=716
Building Logics, Inc. (2009). EnviroTech Roof System. Retrieved from http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/productDetail.cfm?productID=2171
How do you cite a viewpoint essay from the Opposing Viewpoints database?
Author(s). (Year of publication). Title of essay. In Editor Name(s) (Ed(s).), Title of the Book. Retrieved from Persistent Link or Bookmark
Example: Stern, S. (2009). Fast food Is linked to obesity and other serious health problems. In Roman Espejo (Ed.), At Issue:Fast Food. Retrieved from http://find.galegroup.com
How do you cite a documentary film?
Producer, P. P. (Producer), & Director, D. D. (Director). (Date of publication). Title of motion picture [Motion picture]. Country of origin: Studio or distributor.
Kenner, R., Pearce, R., Schlosser, E., Robledo, M., Pohlad, W., Skoll, J., & Schorr, R. (2009). Food, Inc. [Motion picture]. Los Angeles, CA: Magnolia Home Entertainment.
Article/Chapter from an Anthology or Edited Book:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year Published). Title of Chapter/Article. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Name of Book (page numbers). Location: Publisher.
Jesrani, P. J. (1998). Working turn tables. In N. Bhatia, S. Dhand & V. Rupaleria (Eds.), Throwing a great party (pp. 19-48). Chicago: NT Publishers.
Melville, H. (1989). Hawthorne and his mosses. In N. Baym (Ed.), The Norton anthology of American literature (3rd ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
How do you cite an e-book?
Author last name, Author first initial. (Year). Title of book. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com (or other website)
Paloutzian, R. F. (1996). Invitation to the psychology of religion. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com