In thesis writing, citation is a must. Without it, nothing you say can be taken under serious consideration, and in fact, you will surely be docked points and even prosecuted for plagiarism if you do not properly cite your sources. In order to keep this from happening, Thesis Town presents this quick guide to APA thesis citation.
There are many other more complete guides to citation (as well as citation makers that will greatly improve your citation and referencing time), but this guide is not only color coded, it also offers links to other helpful information on writing your thesis.
Used for an APA thesis. This includes theses like a science thesis.
When citing research without a direct quote, cite it as so:
48% of abortions conducted worldwide are unsafe (Sedgh et al, 2006).
Research compiled by Sedge, Henshaw, Singh, Ahman, and Shah indicates that48% of abortions conducted worldwide are unsafe (2006).
In 2006, Sedge, Henshaw, Singh, Ahman, and Shah compiled evidence that 48% of abortions conducted world-wide are unsafe.
If there are 3 or more authors (as in the examples above), first reference should include all the names, after that, simply use the first name followed by “et al.” If there are 1 or 2 authors, use both names in all references.
When citing a direct quote, APA thesis citation follows these examples:
Material with page numbers. “Septic abortion casualties in Guyana were down 41% following the legalization of the procedure” (Finnegan, 1996, pg. 301).
Electronic media without page numbers. “97% of unsafe abortions take place in the developing world” (Sedge et al., 2006, conclusion section, para. 1).
The reference portion of a thesis citation is of the utmost importance. Make sure to follow these APA guidelines for setting up the page.
Write the word ‘references’ at the top of the page. Center it, but to not CAPS, bold, or underline it.
Alphabetize by last name of the first author cited.
Overhang indent: 1/2″ indentations on all lines except the first one
As for the actual citation portion, there are a variety of generators to use to help you organize them. Son of Citation Maker is a popular choice, and it includes APA, MLA, etc. thesis citation styles.
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