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APA 6th Referencing Guide

American Psychological Association, 6th edition

 APA 6th Referencing Guide


What is APA 6th?

APA 6th is a referencing style that uses in-text citations in the body of your work, followed by a reference list on a separate page at the end of the assignment.

This guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) and is specifically designed to suit the needs of Holmesglen students and staff.

Announcement: The APA 6th Guide Will Be Unavailable From December 2021

The APA 6th Referencing Guide will no longer be available after December 2021. Students and staff can view the new APA 7th Referencing Guide and are encouraged to transition to the new style.

APA 6th Referencing Video

Referencing Basics

What is referencing?

Referencing means acknowledging the sources you have used in your assignment. Referencing ensures that your sources can be found and checked by others. 

Purpose of referencing

  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Verify quotes
  • Readers can find the original sources
  • Demonstrate the level of research you have undertaken

What must be referenced

  • Quotes
  • Facts
  • Figures, diagrams and images
  • Ideas and theories


What doesn't need to be referenced

  • Common knowledge: information that is found in many sources, generally known in the subject area, and is not disputed. e.g. grass is green
  • Conclusion of your assignment: the last paragraph summarising the key points/arguments already discussed in the body of your work

Related Guides and Information

Further Resources

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Call Number: 808.06615 PUB :6 (Chadstone, Glen Waverley, Moorabbin & St Kilda Rd) 
The official APA 6th publication manual.

APA Guide to Electronic References [PDF]

Electronic PDF 
APA formats and examples for electronic resources including, eJournals, eBooks, websites, audiovisual materials and more.

APA Style Website

Browse APA formats and examples from the official APA style website.

APA Style Blog

Search and find the answers to frequent APA referencing issues discussed in APA's official blog.

Pocket Guide to APA Style

Call Number: 808.06615 PER :4 (Chadstone) 
A handy and simple APA manual offering straightforward explanations, annotated examples, and margin notes.

APA Style Simplified: Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology [ebook]

A compact but comprehensive guide to writing clearly and effectively in APA style.

Contact Us

Need Referencing Help?

Contact the Library or Learning Skills Centre for assistance. We are here to support you!


The Library can assist with:

  • Referencing
  • Research skills and finding / using Library resources

Chadstone Library 9564 1548  /  Building 8, Level 1
Glen Waverley Library 9564 6215  /  Building 1
Moorabbin Library 
9209 5725  /  Building 4
St Kilda Road Library 8199 6626  /  Level G


Learning Skills Centre

Learning Skills Centre can assist with:

  • Referencing
  • ‚ÄčAcademic and study skills

Attend a drop in session at your nearest Library branch or
book an appointment.

For further information: