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Childhood Studies: Referencing APA (7th ed.)

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Managing your references

There are a wide variety of tools which are freely available to help you with citing and creating reference lists, however none of them are perfect which is why it is important you know the basics of referencing and the key points to be aware of.

Here are a few tools we recommend

You may also find the cite button in Google Scholar useful for a quick reference (click on the speech mark underneath the link in Scholar)

Academic Integrity

It is important you read the Swansea University Academic Misconduct Procedure. Failure to acknowledge another person’s work (i.e. properly citing it in a paper) will result in serious consequences. 
Plagiarism is defined as using, without acknowledgment, another person's work and submitting it for assessment as though it were one's own work; for instance, through copying or unacknowledged paraphrasing. This constitutes plagiarism whether it is intentional or unintentional. For additional advice on avoiding plagiarism complete the online tutorial Academic Success: Skills for learning, skills for life available via Canvas.

FAQs

Understanding a book reference

Here is an example of an APA style book reference

Moyles, J. (Ed.). (2015). The excellence of play (4th ed.). Open University Press.

This book was edited by J. Moyles and published in 2015. The title is The excellence of play and it is the 4th edition of this book.  It was published by Open University Press.

Understanding a journal article reference

Here is an example of an APA style journal article reference

King, P., & Howard, J. (2014). Children's perceptions of choice in relation to their play at home, in the school playground and at the out-of-school club. Children & Society, 28(2), 116-127. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2012.00455.x

This article was written by P. King & J. Howard and the article's title is Children's perceptions of choice in relation to their play at home, in the school playground and at the out-of-school club.. It was published in 2014 in a journal called Children & Society. It was published in volume 28, issueon pages 116 to 127. Some articles will also have a Digital Object Identifier (doi) which is like a stable URL.

Online tutorials

How to alphabetise and format your reference list (30 second video)