APA 7 Referencing

APA 7th is an author-date referencing style used across a broad range of subject areas. It is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.

This guide is primarily for students completing assignments at Curtin University. If you are publishing (e.g. journal article, PhD), please consult the above publication as the examples provided here may differ slightly from the requirements outlined in the official style guide.

What is referencing?

Referencing is a standardised method of acknowledging sources of information that you have used in your assignments or research, in a way that uniquely identifies the source. It is not only necessary for avoiding plagiarism, but also for supporting your ideas and arguments.

Printable referencing guide

Download and use this guide to the APA 7th referencing style including examples for in-text citations and reference list entries.

Download this guide to see a sample reference list formatted in the APA 7th style.

Guide to referencing figures and tables

Learn how to reference tables and figures (any type of illustration or image e.g. graphs, charts, maps, drawings or photographs) in the APA 7th style.

APA referencing checklist

Download our handy checklist which highlights some points to pay attention to when editing your in-text citations and reference list.

Note on assignment formatting

Please check your unit outline/Blackboard for assignment formatting requirements (such as fonts, headers, spacing, word counts etc.) and assignment cover sheets. PhD and Masters by research students should consult the relevant publication manual for formatting information.