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This LibGuide describes the CSI Library's resources and services that are relevant for learning and research in Psychology.

Create a reference list in APA

The Reference List

The Reference list is also known as a Works Cited page. It is also called the Bibliography.

It's essentially the list of all the sources you used in your research paper.

A bibliographic citation in APA includes the following components.

  • Author (last name first, and first letter of first name)
  • Date (year only for books and academic journals, year, month, and day for newspapers, magazines, web sites)
  • Title: What is this work called? (titles are italic for books, titles are only italic for the publication title for newspapers, magazines, and academic journals)
  • Source:  the publisher.
  • DOI : digital object identifier. Please include this for articles, if a DOI exists. 

Sample Citations from the APA web site (credit: APA web site)


Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.). American Psychological


Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst. Penguin Books.

Book chapters

Aron, L., Botella, M., & Lubart, T. (2019). Culinary arts: Talent and their development. In R. F. Subotnik, P. Olszewski

      Kubilius, & F. C. Worrell (Eds.), The psychology of high performance: Developing human potential into domain

      specific talent (pp. 345–359). American Psychological Association.

Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects:

      Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.

Newspaper articles

Carey, B. (2019, March 22). Can we get better at forgetting? The New York


Harlan, C. (2013, April 2). North Korea vows to restart shuttered nuclear reactor that can make bomb-grade plutonium. The

       Washington Post, A1, A4.

Stobbe, M. (2020, January 8). Cancer death rate in U.S. sees largest one-year drop ever. Chicago Tribune.


Magazine articles

Lyons, D. (2009, June 15). Don't ‘iTune’ us: It’s geeks versus writers. Guess who’s winning. Newsweek, 153(24), 27.


Schaefer, N. K., & Shapiro, B. (2019, September 6). New middle chapter in the story of human

        evolution. Science, 365(6457), 981-982.


Schulman, M. (2019, September 9). Superfans: A love story. The New


Academic journal articles


Butler, J. (2017). Where access meets multimodality: The case of ASL music videos. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric,

        Technology, and Pedagogy, 21(1).

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks

       that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207


Web Pages

Woodyatt, A. (2019, September 10). Daytime naps once or twice a week may be linked to a healthy heart, researchers

        say. CNN.

Giovanetti, F. (2019, November 16). Why we are so obsessed with personality types. Medium.


Whole Web site 

Do not create references or in-text citations for whole web sites.

To mention a web site in general, please provide the name of the web site in the text and include the URL in parentheses.

For example, you might mention that you used a website to create a survey.

We created our survey using Qualtrics (

Credit: APA style web site