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APA Guide

This guide contains information to help you cite your sources in APA format.

Formatting the Author

Authors Rule Examples
No Author If no author given, move the title to author position; alphabetize entry by title. “Fun article.” (2012).
1 Author Last Name, 1st initial. 2nd initial. Smith, J. L.
2 Authors Last Name, 1st initial. 2nd initial., & Last Name, 1st initial. 2nd initial. Smith, J. L., & Fields, M. L.
3 to 7 Authors  First author's last name, 1st initial. 2nd initial., Second author’s last name, 1st initial. 2nd initial., & Third author's last name, 1st initial. 2nd initial. Smith, J. L., Jones, B. L., & Cox, X. Q.
8+ Authors If source has 8 or more authors, after the 6th author’s name put an ellipses (…) and add the last author’s name.  Smith, A. B., Jones, C. D., Smith, C. L., Jordan, L. M., Cox, C. L., Lohen, L. D.,…Spears, B. Q.
Group Author (organization, association, company, etc.)  Write out in full (don’t use abbreviations) American Cancer Society.

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