how to generate apa citation
Like almost every other citation style, APA style can be cryptic and hard to understand when formatting citations. Citations can take an unreasonable amount of time to format manually, and it is easy to accidentally include errors. By using a citation generator to do this work you will:
Formatted citations created by a generator can be copied into the bibliography of an academic paper as a way to give credit to the sources referenced in the main body of the paper.
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Lem, E. [@lemesther]. (2019, October 2). Spotted @Chegg promo celebration. Ladies who…”leopard.” Cheers to all the upcoming promos. #marketing #UEx. [Image attached [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/lemesther/status/1179549293289627650
Note: The title should be italicized.
The format differs depending on the source type (e.g. a website, journal, book, etc.), but every reference starts the same:
When your source has six or more authors, simply use the last name of the first author followed by “et al.” in your in-text citation:
- According to new research … (Microsoft, 2014) .
The APA citation style (6th Edition) is a parenthetical author-date style, so you need to put the author’s last name and the publishing date into parentheses wherever another source is used in the narrative.
Along with specifications for in-text and reference page citations, APA style also has guidelines to follow when formatting the rest of your paper. When following these guidelines, you must pay attention to presentation details such as font type, line spacing, margins and page headers to ensure your work is easily legible.
- 1 inch margins on all sides
- Use Times New Roman, 12 pt. size
- Double-space the entirety of the paper
- APA headings must include page numbers, aligned to the right
- Title of the paper in all capitals, 50 characters or less, in the header on each page of the body (the ‘running head’), aligned to the left
- For students, the paper should typically include three major sections – Title Page, Main Body and References.
- An APA cover page, also known as an APA title page, should include the following elements: the running head, page number, paper title, author name, and the institutional affiliation.
- If infographics (tables, charts) were used in the narrative you should also add Appendices as a separate section at the end of the paper.
- An APA sample paper may have an APA format title page that also includes an author’s note, but this is usually optional and not considered a requirement.