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APA 6th ed. Style Guide: Electronic Resources

Guide to using the American Psychological Association (APA) style manual.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This guide refers to the APA 6th edition. As a university, we will be transitioning to the APA 7th edition beginning in June, 2021.

  • Graduate Education students starting their action research or thesis in January 2021 should refer to the 6th edition to complete your paper.
  • Students starting their thesis or action research in June 2021 should refer to the APA 7th edition. (For help with the 7th edition, either go to the Darling Library's APA 7th edition LibGuide or to the Purdue Online Writing Lab.)

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Examples of Citing Electronic Resources

Use the Reference style for items listed alphabetically at the end of the research paper. The In-Text style is for the same items referred to in the body of the paper. Include page numbers in the In-Text style only when quoting from a source. When paraphrasing from a source, omit the In-Text page numbers.

Electronic Journal Article (From Database)


Jacobson, J. W., Mulick, J. A., & Schwartz, A. A. (1995). A history of faciliated communication: Science, pseudoscience, and antiscience. American Psychologist, 50, 750-765. Retrieved from Electronic Journal Center database.


(Jacobson, et al., 1995, p. 755)

Electronic Journal Article (Duplicate of Print Version)


Vanden, G., Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001). Role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates [Electronic version]. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123.


(Vanden et al., 2001, p. 120)

ERIC Document (from Database)


Mead, J. V. (1992). Looking at old photographs: Investigating the teacher tales that novice teachers bring with them. East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 346082) Retrieved from ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database.


(Mead, 1992)

Web Site


Leary, P. (2017, September). Victoria Research Web. Victorian Research Web.



Please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., for a complete guide to citing your resources and for additional commentary on particular rules, rules of thumb, and formatting.

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