American Political Science Association Referencing Guide

How do you cite a book in the American Political Science Association referencing style?

Here’s an example citation using placeholders:
Last Name, First Name. 2000. Title. Edition. Editor First Name Editor Last Nameed. . City: Publisher.
So if we want to cite “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by Joanne K. Rowling we’d do so like this:
Rowling, Joanne K. 1997. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Rowling 1997)

How to reference a journal article in the American Political Science Association citation style?

Here’s an example citation using placeholders:
Author1 LastnameAuthor1 Firstname, and Author3 LastnameAuthor2 Firstname. 2000.“Title.” Container Volume(Issue): pages Used. URL (April 25, 2019).
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann:
Petit, C., and J.M. Sieffermann. 2007.“Testing Consumer Preferences for Iced-Coffee: Does the Drinking Environment Have Any Influence?.” 18(1): 161-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2006.05.008 (April 25, 2019).
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Petit and Sieffermann 2007)

Citing a website in American Political Science Association reference style

Here’s an example citation using placeholders:
Author1 LastnameAuthor1 Firstname, and Author2 LastnameAuthor2 Firstname. 2000.“Title.” https://www.example.com (April 25, 2019).
To reference the article located at this link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
on The Guardian website:
Tran, Mark. 2008.“Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083 (April 25, 2019).
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Tran 2008)

How to cite a podcast using American Political Science Association referencing style

It is becoming more and more common to reference podcasts in essays or other school work. Here’s how to do it in American Political Science Association.
Lastname, Firstname. 2000.“Title.” http://www.example.com (April 25, 2019).
Podcast referencing example in American Political Science Association using “This American Life” episode 640:
This American Life. 2018.“640: Five Women.” https://thisamericanlife.org/640/five-women (April 25, 2019).
And an in-text citation would look like this: (This American Life 2018)

How to cite a piece of music or a song using American Political Science Association referencing style?

An example song citation in American Political Science Association.
Lastname, Firstname. 2000. Album Song Title. http://www.example.com (April 25, 2019).
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album:
The Beatles. 1969. Abbey Road Here Comes the Sun. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150 (April 25, 2019).
And an in-text citation would look like this: (The Beatles 1969)


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