Answered By: Christina Johnson
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2016     Views: 396

Every time you use someone else's words or ideas, you need an in-text citation. An in-text citation identifies the source of the information and includes enough information for the reader to identify the source on the References page. The in-text citation usually appears directly after the cited information, and within the sentence where the information is used.

In general, the in-text citation will include:

  • Author's last name
  • Year of the source

Example: (Author, 2013).

If the source doesn't have a named author, you can use whatever is in the first position of the Reference citation, such as the company or organization name or title of the resource.  

If you directly quote words from your source, you will need to include the page number or paragraph number in your citation: (Author, 2013, p. 10) or (Author, 2013, para. 10).

You can find more information on the Library's APA guide or at the APA Blog. See the links below. 

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