American Psychologist Referencing Guide
(updated Jan 2023)


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How to do citations in American Psychologist style?

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How do you cite a book in the American Psychologist referencing style? (2023 Guide)

Did you know there are over 2.5 million book titles published in 2021. If you find yourself trying to cite a book in American Psychologist, here’s how

Here’s an example book citation in American Psychologist using placeholders:
Last Name, F. N. (2000). Title (E. F. N. Editor Last Name, Ed.; Edition). Publisher.
So if we want to cite, for example, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou we’d do so like this:
American Psychologist citation:
Angelou, M. (1969). I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1st ed.). Random House.
And an in-text citation book citation in American Psychologist looks like this: (Angelou, 1969)


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How to reference a journal article in the American Psychologist citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in American Psychologist format?

An American Psychologist citation for a journal article includes the author name(s), publication year, article title, journal name, volume and issue number, page range of the article, and a DOI (if available). Here’s how

Here’s a American Psychologist journal citation example using placeholders:
Author1 LastnameA. F., & Author3 LastnameA. F. (2000). Title. Container, Volume(Issue), pages Used. https://doi.org/DOI
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 in American Psychologist:
Petit, C., & Sieffermann, J. (2007). Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?. 18(1), 161-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2006.05.008
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Petit & Sieffermann, 2007)


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How to cite a website in a paper in American Psychologist style?

Citing your sources is a necessary part of any research paper. To cite a website in American Psychologist this is what you need

Here’s an American Psychologist example website reference:
Author1 LastnameA. F., & Author2 LastnameA. F. (2000, January 1). Title. Publisher. https://www.example.com
To reference the article located at this link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
on The Guardian website:
Tran, M. (2008, November 5). Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Tran, 2008)

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How to cite a YouTube video American Psychologist in 2023

Are you watching a YouTube video and you don’t know how to cite it? Here’s a simple way to do it in American Psychologist

Here’s a American Psychologist citation YouTube video example:
ChannelName. (2000, January 1). Title. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX
So how to cite a video American Psychologist?
Pixar. (2015, June 3). Pizza Clip — Inside Out. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ
And an in-text video citation would look like this: (Pixar, 2015)

How to cite a podcast using American Psychologist referencing style

Are you listening to a history, philosophy, or literature podcast and you want to cite it in a presentation or research paper. Here’s how to do it in American Psychologist

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

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How to cite a piece of music or a song using American Psychologist referencing style?

Citing a song or album accessed through an online streaming service in American Psychologist is pretty straight forward, this is all you need:

An example song citation in American Psychologist.
Lastname, F. (2000, January 1). Song Title. In Album. http://www.example.com
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in American Psychologist:
The Beatles. (1969, September 26). Here Comes the Sun. In Abbey Road. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150
And an in-text citation would look like this: (The Beatles, 1969)


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