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Citation Style: APA 6th Edition: Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page for APA. This is where we put the answers to some questions we get asked often.

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Missing Citation Information

Missing Citation Information

Q: I’m using a section of a website for one of my sources. How do I find out who the author is?

Q: What if I still cannot find an author or a date?

Q: What if my source has no page numbers (like an electronic source)?

Formatting & Basic Rules

Formatting & Basic Rules

Q: What if we are writing the paper as a group (multiple authors)? How do we format the title page in this case?

Q: What if I include an image in my paper? How should I present the image and cite the source?

Q: What is common knowledge information and why don’t I need to cite it?

Paraphrasing & Quoting

Paraphrasing & Quoting

Q: What is the difference between paraphrasing and quoting?

Q: How should I format quotations?

Q: My professor says I am paraphrasing / quoting too much in my paper? I am citing everything; what’s the problem?

Q: If I’m paraphrasing a theory or idea somewhere in my paper that takes up an entire paragraph of text, do I have to put an in-text citation for the same source after every single sentence?

Tricky Questions

Tricky Questions

Q: How do I cite a source within a source?

Q: How do I cite a famous quote?

Q: How do I cite the results of an online personality test I took?

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