8 Facts You Should Know About The APA Dissertation Citation Format


The APA is style required to cite sources in the social sciences. It is in its 6th edition and set forth by the American Psychological Association. In general, the format can be used for any papers meant for publication within the social sciences. Citing for dissertation is no different than say a research paper or essay. Here are the 8 top facts you should know about the APA dissertation citation format:

  1. In-Text Capitalization and Italics
  2. If you refer to the exact title of a resource within the text of your paper, you should always capitalize all words that are at least four letters long. Longer works, including books, edited collections, movie titles, etc. should be italicized.

  3. Short Quotations (three typed lines or less)
  4. Short quotes of three typed lines or fewer can be put between quote marks within your text. At the end of the sentence, within parentheses, put in the author’s last name, year in which the work was published, and the page number where the quote originally appears.

  5. Long Quotations (four typed lines or more)
  6. Long quotes of four typed lines or more should be put using an indented block text. At the end of the sentence, within parentheses, put in the author’s last name, year in which the work was published, and the page number where the quote originally appears.

  7. In-Text Facts, Data or Paraphrases
  8. In similar fashion any in-text summaries, facts, data, or anything else that has been borrowed from another source must include a citation of that original source. The standard format is to list the author’s last name, year, and page number where the information can be found within parentheses at the end of the sentence. But you can also use a signal phrase to provide all but the page number within the sentence.

  9. Bibliography Citation Page Formatting
  10. The basic format for the bibliography should be set with 1-inch margins all the way round. Everything should be double spaced with the second and any subsequent lines of each citation entry indented by half an inch from the left margin.

  11. Single and Multiple Author(s)/Editor(s)
  12. Each citation should be listed alphabetically by the author or editor’s last name. For works that have multiple authors or editors, use the first person listed on the title page of the resource for alphabetical purposes. Then list each subsequent name exactly how they appear on the resource.

  13. Bibliography Citations for Books
  14. The basic format for books should include the author’s last name, first name, followed by the year of publication within parentheses. Next, include title of the work in italics. Next put in the Location (city, state) and Publisher’s name.

  15. Bibliography Citations for Articles
  16. The basic format is similar to books in that you should always start with the author’s last name, first name, followed by the year of publication within parenthesis. Next, you should include the name of the article placed within quotation marks, followed by the journal title, the volume number, issue number, and the pages where the article can be found.

Do Not Panic!

It is a common cognition that most PHD students face a lot of depression when composing their dissertation. This is especially evident in dummies who find it difficult to fight it off until it becomes habitual. As a matter of fact, this can cause adverse upshots such the author might easily compromise on the quality of the content and fail to meet the expectations of the lecturer.

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