What Do You Write a Bibliography in APA Style?


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The basic format of a bibliography in APA style presents works in this style: "Author Last Name, First Initial (Year of Publication) Title of Work (in italics). Publisher City, State: Publisher Name. A bibliography entry for Jack Finney's "Time and Again," for example, is written as "Finney, J. (1970). Time and again. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster." It is important to note that the title of the work should be italicized.

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For works other than books, a similar format is followed, with a few changes; a magazine or journal article follows the same format, except the title of the article is listed. The name of the periodical, along with its volume, should be italicized after the name of the article, and the issue number should immediately follow the volume, in parentheses and not italicized.

For an article, the publisher name and city is not used, but the bibliography should include the page numbers, placed after the volume and issue and separated from that information with a comma. Much like citing a book, the periodical entry should also end with a period.

Articles accessed online should follow similar formatting rules for author, publication date, and title. However, this information should have a period after it, followed by "Retrieved from" and the URL for the article.

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