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Counselling: APA Referencing

Sheffield Hallam University - APA Referencing

A referencing style is a set of rules that specify how to reference different sources of information e.g. books, articles, websites etc.

Check with your tutor if you aren't sure which referencing style you should use for your assignments.

Sheffield Hallam University

 

SHU

If your course is validated by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), check whether your tutor wants you to use APA or Harvard referencing.

Huddersfield University - APA Referencing

A referencing style is a set of rules that specify how to reference different sources of information e.g. books, articles, websites etc.

Check with your tutor if you aren't sure which referencing style you should use for your assignments.

University of Huddersfield

 

Huddersfield

If your HE course is validated by Huddersfield University use their APA 6th referencing guide.

If you are using referencing management software to help with formatting your references, do check your references against the examples provided in your referencing style guide. 

The Basics

The most common sources you will use in your reference list will be:

  • A printed book
  • An eBook
  • An edited book (where a book is made up of chapters written by multiple authors and edited by a single editor)
  • A journal article (online or physical)
  • A website

But there are many (many) more, which is why the referencing guide for your course referencing style will be your best friend. Each reference has a different structure.

Referencing Example

For example, a book reference in APA 7 referencing style is made of four parts:

  • Who? Author’s surname(s), Initial(s).
  • When? Year of publication
  • What? Title of Book. Edition if applicable (only if the book you are referencing is a second edition or newer)
  • Where?  Place of publication: Publisher

This information is written in the following format:

Author’s surname(s), Initial(s). (Year of publication). Title of Book. (Edition if applicable). Publisher.

 

For example:

Robson, C. (2014). How to do a Research Project: A Guide for Undergraduate Students. (2nd ed). Wiley.

 

Every other reference structure is a variation of the above. It is always worth checking the guide for your course referencing style to ensure your referencing is correct.

Referencing Tools

Online referencing tools help you manage referencing, cite references in your work and create bibliographies.  

You can access basic features without buying the full packages.