Q. What is a reference?
There are three things you should know about references in APA style:
1) A reference has 4 basic parts
A reference gives your reader information about a source used in your writing: 1) who wrote it (the author); 2) when it was published (the date); 3) what it’s called (the title), and 4) where it can be located (the link or publisher). Each part is separated by a period or full stop:
2) References have details and formatting differences that depend on the format, i.e. whether the source is a book, webpage, or other type of information.
Here is a reference for a government report on a website:
Here is a reference for a print book:
You can find these differences by searching in the library’s FAQs:
3) References are listed on a separate page at the end of your assignment in alphabetical order.
All sources that you quote or paraphrase in an assignment must have both a citation and a reference: