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In January 2020, the American Psychological Association will update its citation style APA 7. This website currently represents APA version 6.
APA requires at least FOUR ELEMENTS of every citation:
More often than not, APA citations will have more than four elements. For example, journals articles have at least 6 elements to citations.
It's essential to cite your sources in order to avoid plagiarism and to be a successful scholar.
APA style is a set of rules for how you credit sources by writing citations and references. The rules change depending on the type/format of a source (e.g. an article with two authors or a web page with no date).
In APA style, there are two ways you must credit sources: