A Reference List is a list of all the articles, books, videos, speeches, and other sources that you used in your paper. The entire list and each entry in the list must be organized and formatted in a specific way (at Lynn, most professors prefer APA 7th Edition).
The purpose of a reference list is to provide sufficient information about each source so any reader is able to find the original content. It also recognizes the contributions of others to your work and shows that you have not plagiarized their work. Therefore, it is vital that the information in a reference list is accurate and complete. You can use the information here and on the left to create your reference list or you can chat with a librarian or email a librarian for help.
Start a reference citation by selecting its category, then identify its parts.
Items you will include in your reference list fall into various categories like webpages, articles, or books. For most things, whether the item you are writing a reference for is online or in print is not important. What is important is what it is. If you are not sure, ask a librarian.
The categories are linked on the left.
There are four “elements” or parts to an APA reference list entry plus a URL (if available). Each element/part is separated by a period (but no period is placed after the URL).
Author. (Date). Title. Source. URL
There are rules about how each part is formatted and punctuated. You do not need to memorize the rules; you can use the links on the left to each reference list category to find basic format and examples for each type.
On the APA homepage, we have links to many APA resources or you can ask a librarian for help.
And you can find more about each "element" from the APA website.
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style (Seventh ed.). American Psychological Association.
Information compiled from sections 2.12, chapter 9, 9.1, 9.4-9.6, 9.43-44.