APA Works Cited

Learn to create an APA Works Cited page.

Every research paper must provide a list of sources that were used throughout the document. The APA (American Psychological Association) style also requires a list of sources to be provided. Instead of an APA works cited page there is an APA reference page.

These two lists of sources serve the same need; however, the terms that are used to refer to these lists are entirely different. It is the MLA style that requires a works cited page. The APA style requires a reference list.


APA Works Cited Basics



Definition of APA Works Cited

An APA works cited page is referred to as a reference list. The purpose of the reference list is to provide all of source information used in a paper in greater detail. Any APA in-text citation used in a research paper must also be included in the APA reference list.

This allows readers to refer to the original source in order to collect greater information or to verify the information. The reference list also brings credibility to the content that the writer has provided.

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APA Works Cited Example


APA Works Cited example - References page

APA Works Cited example – References page

APA Works Cited: In-Text

As the term suggests, an in-text citation is a method used to refer to the works of others within the text of your work. The in-text APA citation consists of the author’s last name and year of publication for the referenced work. The APA reference list, or APA works cited list, is located at the end of the paper and contains the citation in greater detail. Each in-text citation must be included in the reference list.

APA Works Cited: In-Text Guidelines

  • Capitalize the names of authors including initials.
  • Italicize or underline the titles of works such as books, television series, or albums.
  • Use quotations for articles and song titles.
  • If authors have the same last name, then include the first initial to differentiate them.

Reference Page

The correct term for the APA works cited page is actually “References”. Because the MLA writing style is commonly used and refers to its list of sources as the works cited page, many people mistakenly refer to the APA reference list as the APA works cited page. Although both serve the same purpose, it is important for writers to know that the correct term for an APA list of resources is references list.

The reference list must begin on a separate page from the essay and coordinate with all in-text citations used throughout the text. This ensures that all APA citations can be accounted for from its original source. Moreover, a writer can provide credibility for the work and the audience will know where to look if more information is desired on the topic.

Reference Page Guidelines

  • The correct term for an APA works cited page is “References.”
  • The reference page must be labelled “References.”
  • “References” title should be located at the top, center of the page.
  • “References” should not be bolded, underlined, or italicized.
  • The 2nd and subsequent lines of each works cited entry must be indented.
  • Entries must be alphabetized by last name of the author.
  • Italicize book and journal titles.
  • Do not italicize, underline, or quote journal articles or essays.


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