Quotations always require the page number of the source. For non-paginated material, include the paragraph number when possible (Robinson, 1999, para. 7), or the abbreviation n.p. when not (Robinson, 1999, n.p.)
Short quotes (under 40 words): Short quotes should be placed within quotation marks in the body of your text.
Long quotes (over 40 words): Are not placed in quotation marks. Rather, they are set aside in block text using a five-space margin for every line.
Paraphrasing or summarizing: Do not require page numbers, but they are encouraged.
Writing an author's words in your own words is perfectly acceptable as long as you acknowledge the original author.
Here is an example of a citation with a single author:
Policy advocates need to have a clear idea as to what kind of changes they would like to see in a specific agency, community, or within society as a whole (Jannsen, 1999).
Remember to provide a full citation of the author's work on your references page.
Here is an example of a citation with two authors:
Social work is a profession with a dual focus (Popple & Leighninger, 2011).
You can directly quote from an author as long as you include the author's name, the year the book/article was published, and the page number of the quotation.
Here is an example:
“Just as in direct service, administrative, or community organizing practice, we become effective policy advocates only as we learn key concepts and develop pivotal skills” (Jansson, 1999, p. 19).
Make sure that Jansson's work is fully cited in your references page.
Classical works (such as the Bible, Qur’an) (Publication Manual, p. 178)
Do not include classical works such as the Bible, Qur’an or ancient Greek and Roman works in the reference list. Cite the work in the text. You may cite the year of the translation or version you used. Examples of in-text citations for classical works:
(1 Cor. 13:1, Revised Standard Version)
(Aristotle, trans. 1931)
Citing a website within text can be tricky because a website may not have a traditional page number, author, or year. In this scenario, you can do the following:
Here is an example:
("National Center for Education Statistics," n.d, What's New section, para 2).
APA Style requires that you cite an author within the body of your paper in addition to having a full citation on the references page. You can directly quote an author or paraphrase an author. These are just a few examples of how to cite sources within your paper.