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APA Style (6th ed)

Date

NOTE: This page reflects the old version of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed). If you require the current version, please see APA Style (7th ed)

The Basics

The date refers to the date the document was published:

  • The date always comes second in both the in-text citation and reference list entry.
  • Most citations only require the year of publication except for newspaper and magazine articles and social media posts.
  • If no date can be located, insert n.d.

Examples

 

In-text Citation

Reference List

Generic

ex. books, journal articles, webpages, reports

(Author, 2017, p. page)

Author, A. A. (2017). Title. Retrieved from URL

Daily/Weekly publications

ex. Newspapers, Magazines & Social Media

(Author, 2017, p. page)

Author, A. A. (2017, June 4). Title. Retrieved from URL

Monthly publications

ex. Magazines

(Author, 2017, p. page)

Author, A. A. (2017, June). Title. Retrieved from URL

(Author, 2017, p. page)

Author, A. A. (2017, Spring). Title. Retrieved from URL

Multiple entries with same author & year

Add a letter (a, b, c, etc), in alphabetical order in the reference list, to indicate different sources

(Author, 2017a, p. page)

Author, A. A. (2017a). Title. Retrieved from URL

Author, A. A. (2017b). Title. Retrieved from URL

No date

(Author, n.d., p. page)

Author, A. A. (n.d.). Title. Retrieved from URL

See the Publication Manual: 6.28 Publication Date

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.