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APA Style: The Reference List Checklist

APA Style: The Reference List Checklist

By Patrick Huwyler

A Student Handbook

This student handbook forms part of the Sketchnote EAP series.

Copyright © 2017 Patrick Huwyler

All rights reserved.

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Illustrations by Patrick Huwyler

Acknowledgements

 

Very special thanks to Andrew Keohane for suggesting the idea of a ‘reference list checklist’.

 

 

Contents

 

Introduction

 

 

1 What is a reference list?

 

 

2 Alphabetical order

 

 

3 Double-spacing

 

 

4 An example of a reference list in APA style

 

 

5 References

 

 

 

Introduction

This e-book is the second of a series for students studying Academic English at undergraduate level. The aim is to provide you with short e-books on APA style formatting. My thinking is that an e-book on individual APA style topics will allow you to learn and assimilate the information in ‘bite-size chunks’. I believe consistent formatting not only makes your work look presentable but also gives you confidence in your academic studies.

I wish you much success in your studies!

 

What is a reference list?

According to the Pocket Guide to APA Style (Perrin, 2015):

 

A reference list is an alphabetically arranged listing of sources used in a paper. It starts on a new page immediately the last text page of the paper, continues the page numbering, and is also double-spaced. It is introduced by the word References (centered but not italicized); if the reference list continues on subsequent pages, no additional heading is required for those pages. (p.59)

 

In other words, you could say that the reference list is a collection of end-of-text citations.

Alphabetical order

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure that your end-of-text citations are in alphabetical according to the authors’ last names. Please consult the Pocket Guide to APA Style for more precise information.

Double-spacing

 

All your end-of-text citations in the reference list should be double-spaced. This means that there is a full blank line between the rows of words.

Example 1:

this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single spacing this is single this is single

Example 2:

this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-sp this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-spacing this is double-sp

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Highlight the text

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An example of a reference list in APA style

 

 

Below is an example of a reference list in APA style. Notice that the reference list has a very clean look.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The title ‘References’ is centered and not in bold.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The end-of-text citations are in alphabetical order and written in an appropriate font like Times New Roman

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p<>{color:#000;}. There are hanging indents (please see my first book in this series: EAP Sketchnote Series: APA Style: Hanging Indents

 

 

 

References

 

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington, DC: Author.

Huwyler, P. (2017). EAP Sketchnote Series: APA Style: Hanging Indents. [e-book]. Shakespir.

Perrin, R. (2015). Pocket guide to APA style (5th ed.). Stanford, CT: Cengage Learning.

 


APA Style: The Reference List Checklist

This e-book is the second of a series for students studying Academic English at undergraduate level. The aim is to provide you with short e-books on APA style formatting. My thinking is that an e-book on individual APA style topics will allow you to learn and assimilate the information in ‘bite-size chunks’. I believe consistent formatting not only makes your work look presentable but also gives you confidence in your academic studies.

  • ISBN: 9781370951192
  • Author: Patrick Huwyler
  • Published: 2017-03-09 16:35:22
  • Words: 714
APA Style: The Reference List Checklist APA Style: The Reference List Checklist