Skip to main content
Ask A Librarian

COMM 104 Wilson MW 2:30-3:20

This guide is for students in Ms. Wilson's MW 2:30 section of Communication 104

APA Rules

APA In-text Citation Basics:

1) Use a citation every time you use someone else's words, thoughts, arguments, ideas, data, or research.

2) Insert the citation in the paragraph or sentence where you used other's ideas, words, etc...

3) Add a full citation to your references list for every source cited in your paper. 

In-text citations can be in parentheses at the end of a sentence: 

or incorporated into a sentence:

When you use a direct quotation, include page numbers in your citation: 


* examples from: Beins, B. (2012). APA Style Simplified: Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons.

Need more help?

Please see my detailed APA guide for examples of how to cite your references:

APA Citation Style Guide

Use the box on the right to ask me questions about using APA style