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BA 498: Research and Synthesis

In-text Citations

Citations within your paper should include the author’s name and the date of publication. Specific quotes should also include page numbers, if they are available. The proper format is (Author’s Last Name, Year). If you give this information within the text of your paper, a parenthetical citation may be omitted.


(Author, Date; Author, Date; Author, Date)

(Author & Author, Date; Author, Date)

(Author, Author, & Author, Date; Author, Date)

(Author et al., Date; Author, Date)


Multiple Authors: Note that if there are multiple authors for a single article, you should list up to five authors in the first instance of the citation. After the first citation, if there are three or more authors, you may cite only the first author followed by “et al.” If there are more than five authors, you may use the first author and “et al.” for all in-text citations. If there is no author, use the first few words of the citation in the reference list, italicized if they are in italics, or in quotes if they are not.

Multiple Articles: Note that when you are citing multiple articles within the same sentence, the citation for each article should immediately follow the information cited. If there are multiple citations for the same information, the citations all go within the same parenthesis, separated by semicolons.

Selected APA References Examples

APA Manual 7th Edition


Print Book

Author's Last Name, Initials. (Year). Book title. Publisher.

Roach, M. (2010). Packing for Mars: The curious science of life in the void. W. W. Norton.


Journal Article

Author’s Last Name, Initials. (Year). Article title. Journal Title, volume(issue), page-range. URL

Okon, E., & Sudarsky, D. (2018). Losing stuff down a black hole. Foundations of Physics, 48(4), 411-428.



Author’s Last Name, Initials. (Year, Month Day). Page title. Name of Website. URL

Howell, E. (2018, March 30). Exoplanets: Worlds beyond our solar system.


Online APA Citation Examples

Writing and Citation Assistance


You can get help from a writing tutor at the Center for Student Success/Learning Services at E-town.

Writing Tutors are also in the High Library Sunday-Thursday 7-9 pm and are available on a drop-in basis.


Check out the Citation Research Guide.

Or, ask a librarian! Feel free to stop by the reference desk, email, call, or text with your question!

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