APA Referencing

The APA referencing style, also known as the American Psychological Association style, is widely used in academic writing. It follows an author-date format for citations within the text. This means that when citing sources, writers include the author’s last name and the year of publication in parentheses. This style allows readers to easily locate the full reference in the list of references at the end of a paper.

For example, if you are referencing a book written by John Smith published in 2010, you would write (Smith, 2010) after any information or quote taken from that source. This helps readers quickly identify which source has been used and find more detailed information if needed.

The APA referencing style is particularly useful for researchers working in fields such as psychology and social sciences where up-to-date research is vital.