Examples of Text Citations
Document your sources throughout the text by citing the author(s) and date of the works to which you refer in your writing. This style of citation briefly identifies the source for readers and enables them to locate the source of information in the alphabetical reference list at the end of your paper.
One Work by One Author
Berger (1967) compared religious rites between two very different cultures.
Religious rites have been compared across cultures (Berger, 1967).
One Work by Two Authors
Broyles and Drenovsky (1992) discovered the importance of church attendance...
Elderly people had better health histories if they attended church regularly (Broyles & Drenovsky, 1992).
One Work by Three to Five Authors
When a work has three to five authors, cite all authors the first time the reference occurs; in subsequent citations include only the last name of the first author followed by "et al."
Ainley, Singleton, and Swigert (1992) found . . . [first citation in text]
Ainley et al. (1992) found . . . [second citation in text]
Ainley et al. also found that . . . [omit year from subsequent citations in paragraph after first citation]
Citation of an Original Work Discussed in a Secondary Source
When you have read a secondary source that cites an original work, and you cannot find the original work to read and cite it, you may cite that original work in the following manner.
For example, you read Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins, and Haller (1993) who cite Seidenberg and McClelland's work. You have not read Seidenberg and McClelland and cannot get the work, but you still want to cite their work. Proper citation in the text is as follows:
[First citation in text] Seidenberg and McClelland (as cited in Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins, & Haller, 1993) argue that . . .
[Second citation in text] Seidenberg and McClelland (as cited in Coltheart et al., 1993) also conclude that . . .
Only the Coltheart et al. work is listed in the reference list.
These frequently used styles of referencing were taken from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., second printing, pp. 174-179). For more information on text citations, check the other information on the website. For more examples, please refer to the manual itself.
These samples are not intended to be complete but to provide some models of how to cite sources properly using APA style.