Assignment Helper: APA Style for In-Text Citations

We often get a lot of questions from INFO 200 students on how to incorporate APA 7.0 style into blog posts and research papers… Here is a basic outline for better understanding the various types of “In-Text Citations” in both narrative and parenthetical formats:

Type of Citation Narrative Format Parenthetical Format
One work by one author Walker (2007) (Walker, 2007)
One work by two authors Walker and Allen (2004) (Walker & Allen, 2004)
One work by three or more authors Bradley et al. (1999) (Bradley et al., 1999)
One work by six or more authors Wasserstein et al. (2005) (Wasserstein et al., 2005)

In APA style, including these types of in-text citations is very important — as it helps not only to prevent plagiarism, but also to refer our readers to the more complete bibliographic reference listing at the end of individual blog posts and research papers. In order to better guide our readers through our academic research and avoid plagiarism, please be sure to create an in-text citation whenever you quote directly (or paraphrase) another reference work in your research. As we see in the table above, there are two main types of in-text citations: narrative and parenthetical.

Narrative Citations…

Narrative citation is when you include the author’s name in your text as you reference their quote (or paraphrase their work) in your own research. For example, when highlighting the following chapter from Hirsch’s text in a bibliographic source — notice how we also reference the authors of the chapter in question:

Fisher, K., & Bishop, A. (2015). Information communities: Defining the focus of information service. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), Information services today: An introduction (pp. 20-26). Rowman & Littlefield.

Here is an example of an in-text narrative citation:

As stated by Fisher and Bishop (2015), the articulated “community needs, behaviors, and assets should drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of information services” (p. 20).

Parenthetical Citations…

Parenthetical citation utilizes the author-date listing when it is not easy to use a narrative citation and directly identify the authors’ names in your research. The correct format includes names, dates, and pages in parentheses within the body of the text. For example, when referring to Dresang and Koh’s work in a bibliographic reference — be certain to list the names of both authors:

Dresang, E.T., & Koh, K. (2009). Radical change theory, youth information behavior, and school libraries. Library Trends 58(1), 26-50.

Here is an example of an in-text parenthetical citation:

In the age of Web 2.0 and participatory culture, radical change theory presents a number of salient ideas which strive to illuminate not only the information seeking behaviors of youth, but also the overwhelming complexity of ongoing transformations present in our everyday school library systems (Dresang & Koh, 2009, pp. 26-50).

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