APA Style Sheet

Mendocino College- APA STYLE SHEET


The American Psychological Association has a book that is available in the reference area in our library that will assist you in compiling a Reference List. In addition, it will show you how to do parenthetical references, and it even has samples of how to format a research paper. Currently, it is in its 6th edition. It is located at: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Ref/BF 76.7/P83/2010. Below are some samples of how to do an entry for some different kinds of sources. Refer to the handbook or your friendly reference librarian for help on entries not listed.


For a book with one author:

James, S. (2001). Godiva and the golden dragon. San Jose, CA: Writer’s Showcase.

For a book with two to six authors:

Dugan, M. K., & Hock, R. (2000). It’s my life now: Starting over after an abusive relationship or domestic violence. New York: Routledge.

For a book with more than six authors:

Jung, C. G., et al. (1969). Studies in word association. New York: Russell and Russell.

For a book with an editor:

Pinker, S. (Ed.). (2004). The best American science and nature writing, 2004. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

For an essay within a book with two editors:

Weinstein, J. M. (1985). Civil defense: Strategic implications, practical problems. In C. W. Kegley & E. R. Witkopf (Ed.), The nuclear reader (pp. 290-311). New York: St. Martin’s Press.

For a reference work with multiple volumes:

Krapp, K. (Ed.). (2002). The Gale encyclopedia of nursing and allied health. (Vol. 3). Detroit: Gale Group. (Note: cite only the volume(s) used)

For an E-book (electronic book):

Lehar, S. (2003). The world in your head: A Gestalt view of the mechanism of conscious experience. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Retrieved April 23, 2005, from NetLibrary database.

For a newspaper article from a database:

Milstein, M. (2003, December 4). Wolves in Yellowstone. Billings Gazette, pp. C1. Retrieved April 23, 2005, from Newsbank database.

For an article from a magazine:

Alter, J. (2003, December 22). The new law of uncertainty. Newsweek, 134(12), 34.

For an article from a scholarly journal:

Gjurchinovski. A. (2004). Reflection of light from a uniformly moving mirror. American Journal of Physics, 72, 6-8.

For an article from an online periodical with DOI assigned

Brownlie, D. Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. European Journal of Marketing, 41(11/12), 1245-1283. doi:10.1108/03090560710821161

For an article from an online periodical with no DOI assigned

Online scholarly journal articles without a DOI require an URL

Kenneth, I. A. (2000). A Buddhist response to the nature of human rights. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 8. Retrieved from http://www.cac.psu.edu/jbe/twocont.html

For an article from a research database:

Elvin, J. (2001, April 2). Wolves win again. Insight on the News, p 34. Retrieved March 30, 2005, from Expanded Academic ASAP database.

For a web page:

Jokinen, A. (2004, April 5). Anniina’s Alice Walker page. Luminarium. Retrieved October 10, 2004, from http://www.luminarium.org/contemporary/alicew/

For an entire website:

Witcombe, C. L. C. E. (Ed). (2004, October 12). Art history on the web. Retrieved October 31, 2004, from http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html

For a television or radio program:

Crystal, L. (Executive producer). (1993, October 11). The McNeil/Lehrer news hour. [Television broadcast]. New York and Washington, DC: Public Broadcasting Service.

For a personal interview:


An interview is not considered recoverable data so no entry is needed in the References list. Cite within the text of your paper as a personal communication.





For more information on the APA style and to find additional examples check:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed.). (2010). Washington DC: APA. Ref/BF 76.7/P83/2010