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APA Style (7th ed.)

Page Numbers

You can use page number, paragraph number, and other source parts to help instructors and students find specific content. This information is typically required for direct quotations, but only recommended for paraphrases and summaries.

To cite parts of a source, consider using these alternatives when page or paragraph number is not available:

  • Video time stamp
  • Website section title or heading
  • PowerPoint slide number
  • Book chapter number

The page number, or other source part, always appears in brackets at the end of the sentence where you used the citation.  



In-text Citation

Page Number

(Author, Year, p. 25)

Multiple pages

(Author, Year, pp. 11-12)

(Author, Year, pp. 13, 24, 80)

Paragraph Number

(Author, Year, para. 8)

Section Heading

Use quotation marks only if shortening the title of the section heading

(Author, Year, Introduction section, para. 3)

(Author, Year, "History of Social Work", para. 5)

Your professor may have different citing expectations than library staff. Always check at the beginning of term and before starting assignments that the citing rules you are using are appropriate for your class.