APA In-Text Citations (American Psychological Association)

  • Using a Direct Quote. If compared to MLA, APA style is a bit more complicated and requires the writer to specify more details.
  • Paraphrasing or summarizing. According to Smith (2005), you must be aware of citation rules to avoid plagiarism in your essay.
  • My source has more than one author.
  • The author is unknown.
  • APA citation examples with references.

Other Question and Answers that can be helpful for you

1. How do I cite a website within text, using APA?

There are four main details that most reference list entries have:

  • The author field.
  • The publication year.
  • The title of the work ( italicized or in “quotation marks”).
  • The source from where the reference can be obtained (e.g., URL, DOI, etc.).

2. How do you cite a website in an essay?

When writing in American Psychological Association style, you’ll need these elements:

  • URL of the page
  • Title (of the page or article)
  • Date when you accessed the website

3. How do you format an essay in APA format?

  • There should be uniform margins of at least one inch at the top, bottom, left, and right sides of your essay.
  • The text should be in Times New Roman size 12 font.
  • Your paper should be double-spaced.
  • Every page should include a page number in the top right corner.
  • The first word of each paragraph in your paper should be indented one-half inch.

4. How to cite in APA when there are multiple authors?

Reference List: Author/Authors

  • Single Author. Last name first, followed by author initials.
  • Two Authors. List by their last names and initials.
  • Three to Twenty Authors. List by last names and initials; commas separate author names, while the last author name is preceded again by ampersand.
  • More Than Twenty Authors.
  • Group Author.
  • Unknown Author.