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ACC 115 & 117/BFN 201: Accounting and Finance: Citing Sources in APA

Research guide prepared for students in Prof. Claudia LaRocque's Accounting and Finance courses.

APA Citation (6th Edition)

General Guidelines for APA Citation

Purdue OWL APA Style Guide

Begin by clicking "APA Formatting and Style Guide." The following links are most relevant to your assignment:

  • In-text Citations: Author/Authors
  • Reference List: Author/Authors
  • Reference List: Articles in Periodicals
  • Reference List: Books
  • Reference List: Electronic Sources

When to Cite Your Sources (Avoiding Plagiarism) recommends that you cite sources under the following conditions:

  • whenever you use quotes
  • whenever you paraphrase
  • whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed
  • whenever you make specific reference to the work of another
  • whenever someone else's work has been critical in developing your own ideas

Quick Examples

Here are a few quick examples of the kinds of sources you are most likely to encounter and need to cite in your research. Please refer to the "APA Citation Guide" or the Purdue Owl "APA Style Guide" provided in this LibGuide for more examples. If your citation is more than a single line, any additional lines should be indented .5 inches.


Book (Single author):

Author's last name, First name initial. Middle name initial. (publication year ). Title of the book: Subtitle of the book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Turner, G. (2013). Transfer pricing in international business: A management tool for adding value. New York: Business Expert Press.


Newspaper Article

Author's last name, First name initial. Middle name initial. (year, Month day). Article title. Newspaper Title, page.

Cameron, D. (2017, May 22). World news: U.S. defense deals with Riyadh open up jobs. Wall Street Journal, p. A5.


Journal Article (Single author):

Note: Include the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) at the end, if available.

Author's last name, First name initial. Middle initial. (publication year). Title of the article: Subtitle of the article. Title of the Journal volume number (issue number), pages. doi:http://www.xxxxxx

Young, Q. (2016). Health care reform: A new public health movement. American Journal of Public Health 106 (6), 1023-1024.

Journal Article (Two authors)

Qrunfleh, S., & Tarafdar, M. (2013). Lean and agile supply chain strategies and supply chain responsiveness: The role of strategic supplier partnership and postponement. Supply Chain Management 18(6), 571-582.


Author. (Date of publication). Title of webpage/article. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxx

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014). Mexico. In The World Factbook 2013-14. Retrieved from


Corporate Author, Government Report Retrieved Online:

Author, A. A. (year). Title of work. Subtitle of work (Report No. xxx). Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxx

Carso, E. A. (2016). Prisoners in 2015 (NCJ Report No. 250229). Retrieved from