|Tools to help with APA referencing|
There are a range of software programmes and tools available to help create and collate your references:
Library database citation maker tools
The large international databases such as Business Source Premier from EBSCO and ABI/Inform from ProQuest have the functionality to create the citation to a selected article.
- In the Business Source Premier citation tool the complete article title is capitalised. This is not correct APA format! Only the initial word in the article title should be capitalised.
View the BEIS short video: Using the Business Source Premier Cite This function
- In ABI/Inform it is no longer necessary to include date retrieved (2010 6th ed update), the Document ID information is not required and only the initial word should be capitalised in the article titleSee examples
In some cases you have to create the correct referencing format manually.
Creating a reference in APA format to a Newztext Plus database article
Creating a reference in APA format to an Emerald Management Extra database article
Creating a reference to an article on the Scoop or Stuff websites
stuff.co.nz and scoop.co.nz are news feed services, also known as an aggregator news services.
Items of news do not originate from Stuff or Scoop, but are collated from other media sources. Don't use Stuff or Scoop as the publisher or author in the reference.
- If there is no author, start with the title.
- If the source is a newspaper put the year, followed by month and day, of the issue.
- For the in-text citation, because there is no author, the first two or three words of the title, enclosed in double quote marks, and year are used to identify the reference.
Tools on the webReferencing tools available via the Library
- The Library supports RefWorks which is a tool to help you store and manage your references. EndNote is also available for staff and postgraduate students.
Official APA Style publications
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Concise rules of APA style (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
APA style guide to electronic references. (2012). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Available online. This resources explains changes to citing a variety of online sources and gives examples of articles with a DOI, preprint versions of journal articles, e-books, book chapters, online encyclopedias, raw data, online annual reports, sites with no date and more.
Emerson, L. (Ed.). (2013). Writing guidelines for business students. (5th ed). Southbank, Vic. : Thomson Dunmore Press.
Chapter 12 Referencing - APA Style describes how and why you should acknowledge other people's, concepts and figures.
Hunter, I. (2008). Write that essay: A practical guide to writing better essays and achieving higher grades. Macquarie Park, N.S.W. : McGraw-Hill.
Chapter 7 Referencing and other chores pp. 61-75 covers the APA author/date style
Manalo, E., Wong-Toi, G., & Hansen, M. (2009). The business of writing: Written communication skills for business students. (3rd ed). Auckland : Longman.
Chapter 8 Referencing pp. 115-131 describes the basics of citing books, chapters in books, theses and articles from databases and the internet.
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