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Referencing Toolkit

Summary of APA 6 to APA 7 edition changes

The American Psychological Association has published the APA 7th referencing style which is significantly different to APA 6th . The Newington College Library APA 7th Referencing Style Guide is now published on the Library website, replacing APA 6th edition, which is no longer available.  

Please review all the information on the APA 7th Guide. You will find some reference formats have moved categories and there have been small alterations to most format examples. Changes which will affect your work [this is not an exhaustive list] include:

In-text referencing

  • When using a narrative direct quotation the page number now moved to brackets at the end of the quote.
  • Author names listed in in-text references: For 3 or more authors cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. 

Reference list

  • No longer need place of publication.
  • List all authors up to and including 20 authors.
  • No longer include the words ‘Retrieved from’ for online resources.
  • DOI format has changed. The format is now:

General APA 7th information 

  • Material to be referenced is generally classified by the format rather than retrieval location.This has led to changes where examples are located on the Guide.
  • Clarity is given regarding citing social media platforms, grey literature and web resources.