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APA Referencing: Reference List

How to write an APA Reference List

One main purpose of a reference list is to enable readers to identify and retrieve the sources that we have used. Therefore reference data needs to be correct and complete. When constructing a reference list follow the points below.

  • Start the list on a new page, usually placed at the end of the document.
  • Use the heading References at the top of the list (centre aligned).
  • Include all the sources cited in the written work (sources that we have paraphrased or quoted from), but not other sources.
  • Arrange the list in alphabetical order by author name.
    • For multiple works by the same author see section, 'Examples of in-text references and reference list entries' within the extended guide

  • Include the following elements in each entry, if possible: author, year of publication, title and other publishing information.
  • Double-space entries and give them a hanging indent paragraph format.

Example of an APA Reference List

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