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APA referencing

This guide will help you reference a source in the APA (American Psychological Association) style.



This guide has been updated to reflect the APA Style 7th edition.

If you are still using APA 6th edition, you can find helpful resources here:, or see our archived 6th ed Quick Guide further down the page.

Please check with your lecturer regarding any questions you have about the style and any preferred variations of the style.


Differences between APA 6 & APA 7

Information about the scope of the 7th edition of the APA, including major changes between the 6th and 7th editions, can be found at the sources below:

Getting started

Bond University sets the APA Style as the referencing style for many of its subjects, particularly for subjects in the Faculty of Society and Design. APA is an author-date style used for referencing in scholarly writing. References are cited both in-text, and in a reference list at the end of the document.
This guide is a supplementary resource only, based on:

  • American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style (7th ed.).

 'See' notes throughout this library guide direct you to the appropriate chapter or section in the full APA 7.

Quick Help

This 3 minute video introduces the purpose and basic conventions of citing sources in-text and in a reference list using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style, 7th edition.

CSUDH Library. (2019, October 29). Introduction to Citation Styles: APA 7th ed [Video]. YouTube.

Automatic citations

Please be aware that any automatically generated citations may have errors or missing elements, so you should always double check these citations against the APA Style guidelines.

Reference management tools


RefWorks is a user-friendly cloud-based reference manager that keeps all your articles and citations in the one place. This guide will help you get started with RefWorks.


Organise your research, collaborate with others online and discover the latest research with Mendeley


Use this guide to get started with Endnote.

Using EndNote for APA 7th referencing

EndNote software allows you to create your own personal database of references, known as an EndNote library. It's a way to keep track of the references you use for your work, and it can also automatically do much of the work of referencing for you.

You must first install EndNote on your laptop/computer. See this page for information.

To use EndNote to reference in APA 7th Style:

  • Download the APA 7th style
  • Click the downloaded .ens file to open it with EndNote
  • In EndNote go to File > Save As. Give the style an appropriate name, eg. APA 7th
  • You will now be able to select that style for use in EndNote

For more help with EndNote see the Library's EndNote Guide. You can also get in touch with the Library for any further help you need using EndNote.