A list of references should always be given on a separate page at the end of your paper. Every reference that is cited in your paper should be listed on the Reference page and vice versa. Note that secondary sources are not necessary on your reference page, just the original sources must be listed on the page.
References are an important part of the paper because they allow readers to find and use the sources that have been cited within your text. They also demonstrate the effort of the writer so be sure to pay attention to detail such as correct spelling, accurate information, punctuation, etc. Most importantly the reference page gives proper credit to the authors for their work, so it is especially important to make sure the information is accurate and complete.
Reference Page Rules to follow
Example of a citation listing within your Reference Page.
When using APA, abbreviations should be limited in use to occasions where 1. the abbreviation is standard and does not interfere with the reader's understanding of your text and 2. if repetition and spacing can be avoided by abbreviating.
There are some practices and trends that you want to follow when abbreviating but there are exceptions. When you are abbreviating a term, be sure to use the full term first you are using it and follow it with the abbreviation in parentheses.
Example: According to the American Psychological Association (APA), abbreviations are best used only when they allow for clear communication with the audience
Exceptions: Standard abbreviations like units of measurement and states do not need to be written out. APA also allows abbreviations that appear as words in Meriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary to be used without explanation (IQ, REM, AIDS, HIV).
Below are some of the acceptable abbreviations that can be used in APA
This slideshow goes over many different aspects with regard to APA. It covers abbreviations, citations, format and more. In this slideshow, acceptable abbreviations were listed to help anyone who may be stuck or does not know which abbreviation can be used while writing an APA paper.
Please check out additional resources for further assistance with your Reference Page in the resources provided below. You can always refer to the Sources that were used within this Libguide to gain further information too.
There are several places to go on your campus for help with your paper. The first place is to go talk to your professor for the course in which you have the assignment to write the APA document. Secondly talk to your campus library to gain help in finding resources plus help to answer questions about APA formatting. Lastly, go to your campus writing center. This center will help you with editting your paper so that you will meet the requirements of the assignment.