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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.

  • The list is started on a new page and is placed at the end of our written work.
  • The list is compiled from the sources we have cited in our written work, (sources that we have paraphrased or quoted from).
  • In alphabetical order by author name or group name.
    • For multiple works by the same author see here.
  • Each entry usually contains the following elements: author, year of publication, title and other publishing information.
  • The whole of the list is double-spaced and entries have a hanging indent.
  • The word References appear at the top of the list and is centered.

Example of an APA Reference List

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