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Citation Guide: APSA Citation

Learning to Cite in APSA Style

This page will help you learn the basics of citing in APSA Style. It includes interactive tutorials to teach you to cite.

On this page, you will find:

  • Links to the APSA Style Guide (left column)

  • Three interactive tutorials that allow you to locate the pieces of a citation for a book, article, and webpage (right column)

  • The format of three common APSA citations to help you cite your sources (right column)

  • Two interactive tutorials that teach you how to avoid plagiarism and follow rules of academic integrity (left column)

How do I use this tutorial? Click each button below. Use the circles on the page to locate pieces of citation information, then try to create a citation with what you find. Check your answer when you are done!


Please note that not every article, book, and website will have all of the information in the exact same place, however, this is a good start to help you find citation elements. 

Want to see the answers again? Here are links to the animated answers: Article | Website | Book

Constructing a Citation

Here is how to format some of the most common types of citations in APSA Style.


Lastname, Firstname I. Year. “Title of Article.” Journal Title Volume, (Month): page start-page end. doi: XXXXX or (Month Day, Year accessed).

Now you try! 


 Lastname, Firstname. Year. “Title of Web Page.” Date Published. (Month Day, Year accessed).

Now you try! 


 Lastname, Firstname. Year. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher.

Now you try!

Not the style you are looking for? APA Guide | MLA Guide | AMA Guide | ACS Guide | ASA Guide | CSE Guide

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