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APA 7th Referencing Guide

American Psychological Association, 7th edition

 APA 7th referencing guide


What is APA 7th?

APA 7th 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 (7th ed.) and is specifically designed to suit the needs of Holmesglen students and staff.

APA 7th referencing video

APA 7th quick guide/accessible version

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

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

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. The human heart has four chambers.
  • Conclusion of your assignment: The last paragraph summarising the key points/arguments already discussed in the body of your work.

Related guides and informaton

Further resources

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Call Number: 808.06615 PUB :7 (Chadstone, Glen Waverley, Moorabbin) 
The official APA 7th publication manual.

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APA Style website

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

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APA Style blog

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

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 03 9564 1621  /  Building 8, Level 1
Glen Waverley Library 03 9564 6215  /  Building 1
Moorabbin Library
03 9209 5725  /  Building 4


Learning Skills Centre

Learning Skills Centre can assist with:

  • Referencing
  • ​Academic and study skills

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

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