Your reference list contains the full details of the information sources (e.g. books, journals articles, websites, etc.) that you have cited. References cited in-text must appear in the reference list and vice versa. Do not include any sources in the reference list that you have not cited in the text.
Other disciplines use a Bibliography to list work that has been read but not cited in the paper. In APA, a Bibliography is not used at all. The reference list is used and only includes sources that have been cited in the paper.
Where can you find full details of the source?
You can find the information you need for different sources in a variety of locations. Books have a title page and pages with publisher, published dates and edition details. You can find all the details you need for electronic journal articles on electronic databases or on the internet.
A reference list generally has four elements: the author, date, title, and source. Each element answer a question:
Answering these four questions will help you create a reference list for any type of work, even if you do not see a specific example in this guide.
In APA referencing, a hanging indent is applied to the whole reference list. This is where the first line of a reference falls on the left hand margin and then any subsequent lines for that reference are indented 5-7 spaces. This can be formatted in Word using the Layout menu and the Paragraph option. Then, in the Indentation section, use the Special drop-down menu to select Hanging. See the example reference list to see what this looks like.
In titles and subtitles of articles, chapters, and books, capitalise only the first letter of the title and subtitle and proper nouns. Use a colon followed by a space to separate titles and subtitles. E.g. Referencing and plagiarism: A complete guide.
Do capitalise all major words in journal titles - e.g. Journal of Applied Research on Children.
Italicise book titles, journal titles, and volume numbers. Do not italicise issue numbers.
Include the edition number for all editions apart from the first when referencing books. This comes after the book title in brackets but is not italicised. E.g.:
Pinel, J., & Barnes, S. (2017). Biopsychology (10th ed.). Pearson.
In APA 7th, you only need to provide the name of the publisher, you don't need to provide the place of publication. Write the publisher's name as it appears on the work followed by a full-stop. When the author is the same as the publisher, omit the publisher from the reference list entry to avoid repetition.
If a work has multiple publishers, separate these with a semi-colon - for example:
Mental Health Law and Policy Institute; Pacific Psychology Assessment Corporation; The British Colombia Institute Against Family Violence.
Use the abbreviation p. (for page) and pp. (for pages) before page numbers for book chapters, e.g. (pp. 132-134).
Do not use page abbreviations before page numbers for journal articles, e.g. 176-179.
If there is no publication date, write (n.d.) in parenthesis with a full stop after each letter and no space in between - e.g.
Johnson, E. (n.d.).