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APA 7th referencing style

This is a guide to using the APA 7th referencing style from the American Psychological Association. It is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Abbreviating groups as authors

  • Group authors can be an organisation, professional association, company, government department
  • Include the full name of the group the first time it is used. The abbreviation is included in square brackets.
  • If the abbreviation is well known, it can be included for subsequent uses.

In-text Example:

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund ([UNICEF], 2018)

(United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund [UNICEF], 2018)

  • The full group name should be used in the reference list.

Government report

Elements of the reference

Author(s) - last name, initial(s) or company name - use & for multiple authors. (Year). Title of report - italicised  (Report number - if available). Publisher - include if different to author. Web address - if available

In-text reference

(Queensland Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, 2016)

Queensland Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development (2016) found that ....

Reference list

Queensland Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development. (2016). Advancing tourism 2016-20. https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/advancing-tourism/resource/df997cf7-14fc-47b1-ac99-ddc7f0975967

EndNote reference type Report

Industry/Corporate report

Elements of the reference

Author(s) - last name, initial(s) or company name - use & for multiple authors. (Year). Title of report - italicised (Report number - if available). Publisher - include if different to authorWeb address - if available

In-text reference

(The Coca-Cola Company, 2017)

The Coca-Cola Company (2017) has found that ....

Reference list

The Coca-Cola Company. (2017). 2016 sustainability report. http://www.coca-colacompany.com/content/dam/journey/us/en/private/fileassets/pdf/2017/2016-sustainability/2016-Sustainability-Report-The-Coca-Cola-Company.pdf

EndNote reference type

Report