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Social Work & Social Policy Research - Dr. Gutshall-Seidman

APA Format for Common Sources

Note: You must use a hanging indent if the reference entry goes onto a 2nd line or more. Examples below do not show the hanging indent but this is an APA requirement. To see how to format a hanging indent, watch this video. 

Article with Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 


Author Last Name, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), pages. doi:####


Ward, T. & Birgden, A. (2007). Human rights and correctional clinical practice. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12, 628-643. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2007.05.001

In-text Citation: Ward & Birgden (2007) deal with the question of offenders' human rights.

Article without Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 


Author Last Name, A. A. (Year, and month only if there's no volume #). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), pages. Retrieved from (give the URL of database homepage).


Browne-Krimsley, V. (2004). Lessons learned: Providing culturally competent care in a nurse-managed center. ABNF Journal 15(4), 71-74. Retrieved from

In-text Citation: In this case study, nursing students were given the opportunity to work within the cultural and economic framework of a particular community (Browne-Krimsley, 2004).

Information from a Website


Author Last Name, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of document. Retrieved from http://Web address


Angeli, E., Wagner, J., Lawrick, E., Moore, K., Anderson, M., Soderland, L., & Brizee, A. (2010, May 5). General format.Retrieved from

In-text Citation: Angeli, et. al (2010) 

Please note:

List as much of the information as possible (you sometimes have to hunt around to find the information; don't be lazy. If there is a page like, and somepage.htm doesn't have the information you're looking for, move up the URL to

The "author" of information on a government website is often a department or agency. For example, the author of information on the Affordable Health Care Act, like that on‚Äč, is U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

When an Internet document is more than one Web page, provide a URL that links to the home page or entry page for the document. Also, if there isn't a date available for the document use (n.d.) for no date.

(Information above is from

Public Laws, Policies, Statutes, Regulations

Format depends on the type of policy, law or regulation you are citing. Try to determine how the policy is officially named by examining the document's first page or seeing what it is titled by websites that link to it.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

CFR is issued every year. Be sure to include which year you're citing.


"Part Name," Title [number] Code of Federal Regulations, Pt. [number]. edition.


"Rules and Regulations Governing Smithsonian Institution Buildings and Grounds," Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Pt. 504. 2012 ed.

U.S. Code


"Dairy Product Price Support Program," Title 7 U.S. Code, Sec. 8771 et seq. 2006 ed. Supp. III, 2009. Available:; Accessed: 3/26/2012.

Public Laws


"Higher Education Amendments of 1992" (PL 102-325, 23 July 1992)


Use Noodletools to generate a works cited page automatically!

(Thinking about using EasyBib? Check out our "Before you use EasyBib" information first.)

From on-campus, create a free account. This login will be separate from your G#/password login. Remember your login information for the next time you want to use  you have created an account, you can go to at anytime from anywhere and use your account information to login. All of your works cited projects will be saved to your account.